GUYS & DOLLS - Original Broadway Cast - * MCA RECORDS MCA-1628 * NEW/SEALED
After the success of the now largely disappeared Where's Charley, producers Cy Feuer and Ernest H. Martin commissioned Loesser to write the songs, and Jo Swerling to write the book for a musical (billed as "a musical fable of Broadway") based on Damon Runyon's The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Pick the Winner. While Feuer and Martin were delighted with the songs, the book did not match their expectations, and so eventually Abe Burrows was asked to rewrite the book, which was thus formed around the songs, a reversal of the usual process. George S. Kaufman, the director, became involved in the book as well, contributing to nearly every scene.
Like Carousel, it opens with a striking pantomime, in this case, "Runyonland," based on variations upon several of the later songs, that shows a lively panorama of deceptions and reversals, including a prizefighter knocked down by the rather wimpish tinhorn Benny, that not only conveys the gambling, hustling world of Sky and Nathan, but also sets up the eventual "falls" of both men into respectable matrimony.
The fable aspect is in the relationship between Sarah and Sky, in which each changes preconceptions and perceptions of the other. In fact, Feuer and Martin originally intended that the work would have this as a serious point, much the way that overcoming prejudice was the serious point in South Pacific. While the comedy and fun overtook this original goal, it is still admirably reflected in their music; hers becomes more alive throughout the musical, with stronger rhythms and more melodic impteuous, while his becomes more tender and lyrical. As impressive as they are, the love scenes ended up taking second place in the plot and in the popular imagination to the flavorful songs from the nightclub and gambling scenes, such as "Take back your mink," "Sit down, you're rocking the boat," (the collision of the gambling world with the prayer meeting world) "Luck be a lady tonight," and the title song. Their lively, syncopated rhythms and catchy melodies, as well as cheerfully irreverent lyrics have kept them favorites ever since.
It opened on November 24, 1950, at the 46th Street Theater (later the Richard Rogers Theater) to as close to universal critical acclaim as any Broadway performance has ever gotten, and ran for 1,194 performances, only slightly fewer than The King and I, which opened the year after. The show and performers received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist for Loesser, Best Actor in a Musical for Robert Alda, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Isabella Bigley, Best Authors in a Musical for Swerling (whose contract assued that his name stayed on the book) and Burrows, Best Director for George S. Kaufmann, Best Producer(s) in a Musical for Feurer and Martin, and Best Choreographer for Michael Kidd.
Samuel Goldwyn was so deeply impressed that he offered Loesser $1,000,000 for the film rights, (a sum which in the year 2000 would be worth $6.8 million), and when the film was made in 1955, paid another $4.5 million. The film starred Frank Sinatra (Nathan Detroit), Vivian Blane (Sarah), and Marlon Brando (Sky Masterson), and Loesser wrote three more songs, including "A woman in love," "Pet me, Poppa," and "Adelaide," largely to show off Sinatra's talents. (Gene Kelly was originally part of the planned cast, but when he was unavailable, the studio made the unlikely substitution of Brando.) The 1992 Broadway revival garnered another four Tony Awards, including Best Revival (Musical). (AMG)
Various – Feuer And Martin Present Frank Loesser's Guys & Dolls
Label: MCA Records – MCA-1628
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US Released: 1980
A1 –Douglas Deane Runyonland Music- Fugue For Tinhorns- Follow The Fold 3:24
A2 –Stubby Kaye The Oldest Established 2:39
A3 –Robert Alda I'll Know 3:33
A4 –Vivian Blaine A Bushel And A Peck 1:35
A5 –Vivian Blaine Adelaide's Lament 3:22
A6 –Stubby Kaye Guys And Dolls 2:53
A7 –Isabel Bigley If I Were A Bell 2:57
A8 –Robert Alda My Time Of Day 1:57
B1 –Isabel Bigley I've Never Been In Love Before 2:41
B2 –Vivian Blaine Take Back Your Mink 2:56
B3 –Pat Rooney Sr. More I Cannot Wish You 2:32
B4 –Robert Alda Luck Be A Lady 3:03
B5 –Stubby Kaye, Vivian Blaine Sue Me 2:28
B6 –Stubby Kaye Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat 2:15
B7 –Stubby Kaye Marry The Man Today- Reprise: Guys And Dolls 3:39
The musical premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24, 1950. It was directed by George S. Kaufman, with dances and musical numbers by Michael Kidd, scenic and lighting design by Jo Mielziner, costumes by Alvin Colt, and orchestrations by George Bassman and Ted Royal, with vocal arrangements by Herbert Greene. It starred Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley, and Vivian Blaine. The musical ran for 1,200 performances, winning five 1951 Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical. Decca Records issued the original cast recording on 78 rpm records, which was later expanded and re-issued on LP.
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