The Duluth Playhouse will be opening “Guys and Dolls” July 16, 2015 and it will run through August 2, 2015.
“One of the funniest and melodious shows in seasons. Everything about it seems practically perfect!” – Variety, 1950
For those of you who don’t know much about this show, let me give you the run down…
Guys and Dolls opened on November 24, 1950 and ran for a whopping 1,200 performances. The 1976 revival starring Robert Guillaume and an all black cast ran for 239 performances. The show was revived again in 1992 and ran for almost as long as the original! Woah! In 1955 a film version was created starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine was the highest box office grossing film of 1955. I think you can say this show was pretty popular.
The original show won 8 Tony Awards including: Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Director.
The 1992 Revival won 4 Tony Awards including: Best Direction of a Musical, Best Revival, Best Actress, and Best Scenic Design.
Hopefully some of that attracted you! So come one, come all to The Duluth Playhouse for “Guys and Dolls”.
“Guys and Dolls” Based on Story and Characters by Damon Runyon | Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser | Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows July 16- August 2
Wednesdays-Saturdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 2pm Tickets $25
You can purchase tickets at duluthplayhouse.org or call 218.733.7555
Coming to The Underground July 11th-26th is a fun show called “The Imaginarium Myth Adventure”. This show will be the final show of the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) for the summer 2015 season, can you believe it!?
This show is going to be so much fun! Come join a ragtag group of kids as they set off for adventure using their imaginations to explore mythology. This interactive and energetic original play will be a blast for the entire family! (But don’t tell the kids that they might actually learn something .It is summer after all!) Sponsored by the Depot Foundation
Tickets are available now! Order online, or call us at the Playhouse 218.733.7555
So come join The Theatre for Young Audiences in their final season show Saturdays @ 11am, and 1:30pm | Sundays @ 1:30pm starting July 11th and running through July 26th.
Normally it would be the absolute kiss of death for a review to declare the audience is funnier than the cast, but that is actually one of the chief selling points of “Game Show,” the interactive theater piece directed by Lawrence Lee that opened at the Underground on Thursday night.
It turns out that you need neither to be a kid nor have a kid in tow to see Behind the Shining Star, the Trampled by Turtles fairy tale that opened at the Underground on Saturday (June 6). However, this creative and engaging show, written by director Robert Lee and Crystal Pelkey, was developed specifically for the Pre-K age group and not for TBT fans impatient for next month’s concert at Bayfront Festival Park.
The next show in the TYA Summer Series premiered on Saturday, June 6, 2015. From L to R: Silver the Monkey (Jonathan Manchester), Timmy the Turtle (Jody Kujawa), and Sally Gold (Cheyl Skafte) having a dance party on their adventure. (Photo by Todd Higgins Photography)
Each year in the last edition of The Wave we publish a list of memorable moments from what area audiences saw on stage during the year. But I can tell you right here and now that the production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike directed by Julie Ahasay that opened at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday night is making that list and it is making it at least twice, because Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning play provides not one but two absolute tour de force scenes well worth seeing.
L to R: Spike (Matthew Smith), Masha (Carrie Mohn), Cassandra (Kate Horvath), and Vanya (John Pokrzywinksi)
Every single song in this show is being sung in a way you have never heard before. It starts when Evan Tyler Wilson as Judas launches into Heaven on Their Minds, and by the time Adam Sippola’s Jesus sings Poor Jerusalem, it becomes clear this approach is the rule and not the exception in this production. I would bet many an audience member was surprised at what song they were unexpectedly humming on their way home (for me it was Could We Start Again Please? because I was captivated by what Sara Wabrowetz’s Mary Magdalene was doing with the melody on the title phrase).
Fact: Jesus Christ Superstar was born as a concept album that toured as an arena show before the theatrical production opened in the early 1970s.
It’s the rock ’n’ roll story of the days leading to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, from the perspective of Judas (played locally by Evan Tyler Wilson). It’s a trickier production than Les Miserables because of its unconventional structure and its origin as an album, director Dorothy Danner said.
Director Dorothy Danner talks to actors during a recent rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (photo by Steve Kucera)