‘Guys and Dolls’ comes to the Aladdin

May 14, 2002 3:17 AM

Considered by many as the quintessential American musical comedy, Guys and Dolls in a brand new 50th anniversary production, Maurice Hines will dance into the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts Tuesday through Sunday. "When you get a production like this ”” you’ve landed in theatre nirvana!" raved the Washington Post about the spectacular musical, which is produced by Richard Martini, Jonathan Reinis, Adam Friedson, Allen Spivak, and Albert Nocciolino. Featuring a talented multi-racial company directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with choreography by Ken Roberson, Guys and Dolls soars with the immortal score by Frank Loesser and a timeless book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Together these bring to life Damon Runyon’s mythical group of saints and sinners that roam from floating crap games in Times Square to the chic cafes of Havana.

"I have had the honor and privilege to see many productions of Guys and Dolls, but this version comes closest I have witness to the definitive production," stated Jo Loesser, the wife of the late Frank Loesser. "The phenomenal company is as diverse as the high-rolling characters that enliven the vivid streets of New York and ”” Maurice is so sexy in the part! This production reflects real characters not cartoon characterizations."

As the crap game entrepreneur Nathan Detroit, Mr. Hines will return to the stage after starring in Jelly’s Last Jam, Eubie!, Sophisticated Ladies and Bring Back Birdie. Cast as Nathan’s sweetheart Miss Adelaide, Alexandra Foucard is fresh from the Broadway production of Les Miserables where she performed the starring role of Fantine. Also headlining in the 30-member company are real-life newlyweds Brian and Diane Sutherland who will play the roles of Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Evening performance tickets are $35, $55 and $75. Additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Matinee performance tickets are $25, $35 and $55. For tickets, call (702) 785-5000 or, toll-free, 1-866-477-5267.