Cast size: Large, 22 plus Book by Abe Burrows Lyrics by Frank Loesser Music by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon

Jo Swerling | romantic comedy | large 22 plus

  • About the Show

    Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls Junior introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll,"; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for is infamous floating dice game.

    1 Act Book Musical

    Broadway Junior Version - MTI's Broadway Junior Collection includes some of Broadway's best-loved musicals which have been specially adapted for young performers - abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropiate for young voices.

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    Synopsis

    Guys and Dolls Junior opens with a bustling street scene alive with Times Square characters. Some gamblers enter and trade tips about different horses they are considering placing bets on from the daily scratch sheet ("Fugue for Tinhorns"). As the gamblers finish their pitch, Miss Sarah Brown and the Mission Band enter playing a hymn("Follow the Fold"). She warns the gamblers of the evils of their ways. As her sermon falls on deaf ears, she and the band exit dejectedly. Lt. Brannigan, of the new York Police Department, enters and warns the gamblers not to try to organize their crap game. Nathan Detroit enters and after Brannigan exits, complains that there is nowhere for the crap game to take place, unless he can come up with one thousand dollars to rent the Biltmore Garage. Nathan, Benny, Nicely and the gamblers sing of their frustration in, "The Oldest Established". Sky Masterson is rumored to be in town and Nathan tries to think up a bet to place with Sky that he cannot lose to come up with the thousand dollars for the game. Meanwhile, Adelaide enters with the Hot Box Girls and she gives Nathan his anniversary present (they've been engaged for fourteen years!). She warns him not to try to organize his crap game. She exits as Sky Masterson enters. Nathan has instructed his boys to get the lowdown on how much cheesecake and how much strudel is sold at a popular restaurant. With advance information, Nathan attempts to sucker Sky into a thousand dollar bet. Sky relates a story his father told him and refuses the bet. Nathan then bets him he can't take a certain woman on a trip to Havana. Sky take the bait and Nathan names Miss Sarah Brown, the missionary as the woman. Sky realizes his difficulty as Scene 1 ends.

    Sky goes to the Save-a-Soul Mission to get a date with Miss Sarah Brown. He and Sarah discuss the lack of sinners in the mission and Sky proposes a trade: He will personally guarantee 12 sinners for the mission if Sarah will accompany him to Havana for dinner. She refuses, saying that the man she will love will not be a gambler. Sky asks her to describe the man of her dreams. She tells him that she'll know when the right man comes along ("I'll Know"). Their song ends in a kiss that quickly turns into a slap in the face for Sky.

    At the Hot Box, Adelaide and the Hot Box Girls perform a number ("A Bushel and a Peck"). After the show, Adelaide suggests that it time that they finally got married. She warns Nathan not to start his crap game again and after he hurriedly exits to do just that she sings of her frustration ("Adelaide's Lament").

    Benny and Nicely have been watching Sky follow Sarah and the Mission band. They hope Sky will fail in his attempt to take Miss Sarah to Havana so that Nathan will win the one thousand dollars to hold the crap game. They observe that men all over the world have a weakness for falling in love ("Guys and Dolls").

    Sarah and the band return to the mission. Arvide Abernathy, Sarah's Grandfather and the bass drum player, encourages her to pay some attention to Sky. General Cartwright, the head of the Save-a-Soul Mission, arrives and explains that the Broadway mission's poor performance in attracting sinners is forcing her to close the branch. Sky appears and protests the close of the mission. He reminds Sarah of his IOU for one dozen sinners. She then guarantees the General that there will be one dozen genuine sinners in the mission the following evening.

    All the craps shooters, including Big Jule (a very tough, gun-toting gangster from Chicago) are wearing red carnations as their badge of entry for the game, which still has no location. Brannigan appears, notices all the red carnations and asks Nathan what's going on. Benny sees Adelaide with some of the other hot box dancers and covers for Nathan, telling Brannigan that the carnations are for guests of Nathan's bachelor party. Adelaide hears this and excitedly tells Nathan that they will elope the following evening after the show. As Adelaide exits, Nathan tells Benny that he still has not received money from Sky. Benny wonders if Sky actually took Sarah to Havana.

    Sarah and Sky are in Havana. After a "dulce de leche" Sarah tells Sky how she feels ("If I Were a Bell"). Realizing that he is falling in love with her, a guilty Sky tells Sarah about the bet that he made with Nathan. She reluctantly allows him to take her back to New York.

    Outside the Mission at 4:00am. Sarah and Sky run into Adelaide, who is returning from a bridal shower. Sky reveals to Sarah that his real name is Obediah. Sky and Sarah sing to each other of their new found love ("I've Never Been in Love Before"). At the end of the song they are met by Arvide, who is returning from a night of mission work. Police bells are heard. Suddenly several gamblers run out of the mission chased by Lt. Brannigan. Nathan has held the crap game in the Mission. Sarah is convinced Sky's trip to Havana was part of Nathan's plan all along. She angrily breaks it off with Sky.

    Adelaide and the girls perform another number at the Hot Box("Take Back Your Mink"). Sky enters and bumps into Nicely, who is looking for Adelaide. He has been sent to tell her that Nathan cannot meet her after the show as planned. Nicely tells Sky that Nathan is still at the game because Big Jule won't allow the game to end until he wins back all the money he lost. Adelaide enters, realizes that Nathan is still running the crap game and tells Sky to tell Nathan that she never wants to see him again. ("Adelaide's Second Lament").

    Sarah, angry that she is in love with Sky and convinced that he helped set-up the mission crap game, tells Arvide that she wants to leave. Arvide sings to her, "More I Cannot Wish You". Sky and Nicely pass by, on their way to the crap game. Sky tells Sarah and Arvide that he intends to honor his IOU to Sarah. He and Nicely open a manhole cover and descend to the sewer where the crap game is being held.

    The game is proceeding furiously ("The Crapshooters' Dance"). At the end of the dance, Big Jule and his gun remind the fatigued group that they will all stay and play until he wins his lost money back. Sky enters as Big Jule begins fixing the game against Nathan. He proposes that he will bet one thousand dollars against each player on one roll. If he wins, each player must go to the mission. If he loses, he'll pay eahc player one thousand dollars. As he prepares to roll, he prays to lady Luck for help ("Luck Be a Lady").

    Nathan runs into Adelaide. She rejects him until he pleads with her. Just as they are about to patch it up, Nicely and Benny drag Nathan to the Mission. Adelaide is convinced that Nathan is lying about going to the prayer meeting.

    At a few minutes past midnight, all the gamblers enter the mission to the surprise of Sarah and the delight of General Abernathy. The gambler's are exhorted to testify to their sins and several do leading up to Benny's musical testimony ("Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat"). After the song, Nathan confesses to Sarah about his bet with Sky, explaining that Sky had admitted to losing the bet. Sarah is puzzled by Nathan's statement, since she knows that Sky actually won the bet. She exits as the General leads the gamblers in a hymn ("follow the Fold").

    Sarah and Adelaide meet on the street early in the morning and commiserate about Sky and Nathan ("Marry the Man Today").

    Adelaide appears in a wedding gown and calls for Nathan. Nathan tells her that he hasn't found a place for them to get married. The Mission Band enters led by Sky and Sarah. Nathan asks Sky if he can get married in the Mission. Arvide, who has already married Sky and Sarah in the mission heartily offers to do the same for Adelaide and Nathan. All is well on Broadway as the curtain falls.

    Musical Numbers

    Fugue for Tinhorns
    Follow the Fold
    The Oldest Establishment
    I'll Know
    A Bushel and a Peck
    Adelaide's Lament
    Guys and Dolls
    If I Were a Bell
    I've Never Been In Love Before
    Adelaide's Second Lament
    Luck Be a Lady
    Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat
    Marry the Man Today
    The Happy Ending

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Large (over 20), Flexible

    Cast Type: Children in Cast, Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Strong/Large Chorus

    Dance requirement: None/minimal

    Character Breakdown

    ADELAIDE Classic gambler's moll, comic timing, good singer capable of character voice/NYC dialect. A flat - High D flat

    ARVIDE ABERNATHY Sarah's grandfather/grandmother, like a parent to her, plays bass drum in Mission Band. Can cast male or female.

    BENNY SOUTHSTREET One of Nathan's "Guys," NYC gambler, good singer, comic timing. C - D

    ENSEMBLE Various featured roles such as Agatha, Calvin, Mission Band, Angie The Ox, Mimi, Hot Box Girls (singers/dancers), gamblers, workers, NYC folks of all types.

    All vocal types: SATB

    GENERAL CARTWRIGHT Head of Save-A-Soul Mission, a bit uptight but still understanding, some group singing. Can be cast female or male.

    HARRY THE HORSE & BIG JULE NYC gamblers, big, tough brutes with soft hearts, some group singing.

    LT. BRANNIGAN Policeman who tries to catch the gamblers in action, some group singing.

    NATHAN DETROIT The heart and soul of the show. Good singer and actor with excellent comic timing. E - C

    NICELY-NICELY Walking, talking Broadway comedy, strong singer, any physical type. C - High D

    RUSTY CHARLIE One of Nathan's "Guys," NYC gambler, good singer, comic timing. C - D

    SARAH BROWN Girl next door-type with sense of adventure, excellent singer and good actress. A - High G

    SKY MASTERSON Smooth as velvet New York gambler, good singer, capable of strong stage presence. G - High E flat

    Rehearsal Set

    The following materials are provided in your Showkit™

    20 x Student Books
    1 x Director's Guide
    2 x Accompaniment and Vocal Guide CDs
    1 x Choreographic DVD
    20 x Family Matters
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Orchestration

    A Performance Accompaniment CD is provided with your Showkit™. No orchestral parts are available.

    Resources

    Audio Perusal
    Colour Logo Pack
    Production Slids

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