Sunday, November 20, 2011
Guys and Dolls
It’s so cold today that we need something fun to help keep up warm. And the 1950 Frank Loesser’s musical setting of the stories of Damon Runyon certainly fits the bill. We are in New York, and Nathan Detroit, who runs the local oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York is broke and can’t find anywhere to hold the game. And there are lots of big rollers in town, including Sky Masterson. How Nathan gets his money and a location to hold the game, and how Sky falls in love with the Save a Soul Mission Sgt Sarah Brown is what Guys and Dolls is all about.
Another Broadway show from the 1950’s set in New York City is very different. Here’s music from the 2009 revival of West Side Story, in which many of the songs sung by the Puerto Ricans are sung in Spanish.