Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway

Broadway Theatre, (7/21/1976 - 2/13/1977)

First Preview: Jul 11, 1976
Opening Date: Jul 21, 1976
Closing Date: Feb 13, 1977
Total Previews: 12
Total Performances: 239

Category: Musical, Comedy, All Black Cast, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Broadway; Save-a-Soul Mission; San Juan, Puerto Rico; The Hot Box Club.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Moe Septee; Produced in association with Victor H. Potamkin, Frank Enterprises and Beresford Productions, Ltd.; Associate Producer: Ashton Springer and Carmen F. Zollo

Music by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows; Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon; Music arranged by Danny Holgate and Horace Ott; Music orchestrated by Danny Holgate and Horace Ott; Musical Director: Howard Roberts; Choral arrangements by Howard Roberts

Directed by Billy Wilson; Choreographed by Billy Wilson; Entire Production Under the Supervision of Abe Burrows

Scenic Design by Tom H. John; Costume Design by Bernard Johnson; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Sound Design by Sander Hacker; Hair Design by Irvin Dett

General Manager: Laurel Ann Wilson; Company Manager: Donald Tirabassi

Production Stage Manager: R. Derek Swire; Stage Manager: Clinton Jackson

Conducted by Howard Roberts

Promotion Consultant: Norman Kean; Assistant to Mr. Wilson: Charles Augins; General Press Representative: Max Eisen; Press Representative: Barbara Glenn; Dance Captain: Andy Torres; Advertising: Matthew Serino, Stuart Roeder and The Blaine Thompson Company; Casting: Mikki Powell

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Opening Night Cast

Norma DonaldsonMiss Adelaide
Robert GuillaumeNathan Detroit
Ernestine JacksonSarah Brown
James RandolphSky Masterson
Edye ByrdeGeneral Matilda B. Cartwright
Clark MorganLt. Brannigan
Ken PageNicely-Nicely Johnson
Christophe PierreBenny Southstreet
Emett "Babe" WallaceArvide Abernathy
Derrick Bell
Broadway debut
Joey Biltmore
Toney BrealondGuy
Jymie CharlesAngie the Ox
Bardell ConnerCalvin
Mission Band
Prudence DarbyMimi
Irene DatcherAgatha
Mission Band
Alvin DavisSwing Dancer
Jacquelyn DuBoisDoll
Anna Maria FowlkesDoll
Helen GelzerDoll
Nathan Jennings, Jr.Guy
Julia LemaDoll
Bill MackeyGuy
Sterling McQueenRusty Charlie
Marion MooreMartha
Mission Band
John Russell
Broadway debut
Harry the Horse
Jacqueline Smith-LeeDoll
Andy TorresHot Box MC
Freda T. VanterpoolSwing Dancer
Walter WhiteBig Jule
Eddie Wright, Jr.Guy

Understudies: Derrick Bell (Drunk), Toney Brealond (Big Jule), Jymie Charles (Nathan Detroit, Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Irene Datcher (Sarah Brown), Helen Gelzer (General Matilda B. Cartwright, Miss Adelaide), Nathan Jennings, Jr. (Sky Masterson), Julia Lema (Agatha, Mimi), Bill Mackey (Harry the Horse, Rusty Charlie), John Russell (Arvide Abernathy), Andy Torres (Benny Southstreet) and Eddie Wright, Jr. (Rusty Charlie)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1977 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robert Guillaume

 1977 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Ernestine Jackson

 1977 Most Innovative Production of a Revival [nominee] 

Produced by Moe Septee, Carmen F. Zollo and Ashton Springer; Produced in association with Victor H. Potamkin

Drama Desk Award

 1977 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Robert Guillaume

 1977 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Ernestine Jackson

Theatre World

winner 1977 Award [recipient] 

Ken Page


music by Frank Loesser; lyrics by Frank Loesser

ACT 1 Sung By
Fugue for TinhornsNicely-Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet and Rusty Charlie
Follow the FoldSarah Brown, Arvide Abernathy, Calvin (Mission Band), Agatha (Mission Band) and Priscilla (Mission Band)
The Oldest EstablishedNathan Detroit, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Benny Southstreet and Ensemble
I'll KnowSarah Brown and Sky Masterson
A Bushel and a PeckMiss Adelaide and Hot Box Girls
Adelaide's LamentMiss Adelaide
Guys and DollsNicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet
HavanaDancer and Ensemble
If I Were a BellSarah Brown
My Time of DaySky Masterson
I've Never Been in Love BeforeSky Masterson and Sarah Brown
ACT 2 Sung By
Take Back Your MinkMiss Adelaide and Hot Box Girls
More I Cannot Wish YouArvide Abernathy
The Crap Game Dance (Crapshooter's Dance)Ensemble
Luck Be a LadySky Masterson and Crap Shooters
Sue MeNathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the BoatNicely-Nicely Johnson and Ensemble
Marry the Man TodayMiss Adelaide and Sarah Brown
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