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July 19, 2011 > StarStruck Theatre Presents "Guys and Dolls"

StarStruck Theatre Presents "Guys and Dolls"

Submitted By Alicia Jones

The quintessential 'fable of Broadway' comes to Fremont's outdoor Ohlone Amphitheater when StarStruck Theatre presents the musical comedy classic, "Guys and Dolls," July 29 - August 13.

Performed under the stars by an auditioned cast of 50 mostly teens from throughout the East Bay, this production of "Guys and Dolls" is sure to appeal to family members of all generations. "Even if you've never seen this show before, you'll recognize iconic songs from this show such as 'Luck Be a Lady,' or 'Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat,'" said Lori Stokes, StarStruck's Artistic Director. She added that even those familiar with the show are in for a treat..."If you have seen this show before, chances are you haven't seen it in a spectacular outdoor setting like the Ohlone Amphitheatre."

The show begins soon after sunset when changing colors of the sky provide a dramatic backdrop to the action onstage. As the audience is getting to know the main characters, the sky dims, stars twinkle overhead and the lights of south Fremont's neighborhoods shimmer behind the stage. By intermission, the Bay Area's natural 'air conditioning' kicks in, so those come prepared to dive into a warm jacket and snuggle into blankets.

Based on short stories created by Damon Runyon with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, "Guys and Dolls" is set in New York City. This oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancˇ, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

The original production burst onto Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances. A colorful 1992 revival with Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince became the longest-running encore of a Broadway musical, performing until January 1995 - almost longer than the original. The film version starred Marlon Brando as Sky and Frank Sinatra as Nathan.

Opening Friday July 29, Guys and Dolls continues Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through August 13. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided August 5. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.startstrucktheatre.org or call the box office at (510) 659-1319.

Guys and Dolls
Friday, July 29 - Saturday, August 13
Thursdays - Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Smith Center Amphitheater at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-1319
www.starstrucktheatre.org
Tickets: $22-$26

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