The inaugural Broadway in Concert production goes all in June 2-4 at the Tower Theatre with innovative scenery, local musicians and unique staging to capture the high stakes atmosphere of the landmark musical-comedy Guys and Dolls. The original, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, opened in 1950, quickly garnering public attention and critical praise, culminating in a Tony Award for
Writer Damon Runyon’s colorful Prohibition-era gangsters, Brooklyn gamblers and saucy Hotbox Girls of the 1920s share the stage with an orchestra performing the hits A Bushel and a Peck, Luck Be A Lady and the rousing showstopper Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat.
Produced by Thoroughly Modern Productions’ Founder and Artistic Director David DaCosta with musical direction by Scott Michaelsen and choreography by Michelle Lowry-Mejaski, Guys and Dolls is the first installment of the Tower’s new, annual Broadway in Concert series. Shows in future summers will include Evita, Titanic and The Music Man.
“The in-concert version is a creative staging of this musical in a way most audiences have not seen before,” says DaCosta. “We include all the characters, all the scenes, all the dialogue and all the musicians. The full orchestra shares the stage with the performers. Then we add multimedia and animated projections to enhance the show in ways we could never accomplish even if we attempted a full production on the relatively-small Tower stage. The result is an innovative, live, theatrical presentation of one of Broadway’s biggest musicals.”
Note: Thoroughly Modern Productions, in partnership with The Tower Theatre Foundation and Mt. Bachelor Senior Living, announced the Sunday, June 4 matinee will be specially presented and designed to create a failure-free environment for seniors, particularly those with cognitive and physical impairment. A variety of local community organizations will assist with transportation, parking, staffing and sensory accommodation. For details and questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org