`Guys and Dolls' Musical comedy brings Broadway to Spa City
With Hot Springs' colorful past, filled with gangsters, gamblers and good-time girls, the town is perfect to host stagings of the hit musical comedy “Guys and Dolls.” And with the commitment to excellence held by the producing body, The Muses Creative Artistry Project, this popular show is bound to please audience members.
Performances will be 6 p.m. June 13 and 3 p.m. June 14 in the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St. Artistic director Deleen Davidson said the play will take place in two acts, with an intermission, and is suitable for all ages.
The story is set in New York on Broadway and is based around the culture of the time period, around the 1930s and 40s. Three groups, each with its own identity, interact throughout the musical — the gambling “guys,” the burlesque dancing “dolls” and the Save-A-Soul Mission workers.
Principal roles will be played by Stacey Murdock, as crap game runner Nathan Detroit; Scott Lindroth, as high roller Sky Masterson; Davidson, as mission leader Sarah Brown; and Jeanne Bennett, as star doll Miss Adelaide.
The story tells of the love between Detroit and Adelaide, who have been engaged for 14 years. He must make money with his craps game to pay for for their wedding. Then, moneybags Masterson comes to town and ends up making a bet that he can take any doll around on a trip to Havana, Cuba.
Davidson said what unfolds is a funny, silly, clever, sweet and interesting “story about the heart” with catchy music and spectacular dancing.
Well-known songs including “Luck Be a Lady,” made famous by Frank Sinatra, “Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”
The cast will be backed by trumpeter Bobby Cam-