The beloved Frank Loesser musical, based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about gangsters, gamblers and other denizens of the New York underworld, will be staged as a special benefit for Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs. Three-time Tony-winner Jack O’Brien (currently in previews with a Broadway production of Macbeth, starring Ethan Hawke) will direct the concert.
Lane earned his first Tony nomination playing the role of the gambling boss in the hit 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. He subsequently won twice for lead actor in a musical, for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers.
Mullally, whose last musical role on Broadway was in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in 2007, will play Miss Adelaide, the nightclub performer desperate to tie the knot with the reluctant Nathan.
Wilson, who starred on Broadway in the musicals The Full Monty and Oklahoma before branching into film and television, is cast as high-stakes player Sky Masterson. And Boggess, seen on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid and Master Class, will play Sarah Brown, the Christian missionary who catches Sky’s eye.
Additional cast for the concert staging is to be announced. Rob Fisher will serve as music director and conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with Joshua Bergasse as choreographer.
One of the most popular shows in the American musical-theater canon, Guys and Dolls includes such songs as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “I’ll Know,” “Take Back Your Mink,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” In addition to Loesser’s classic score, it features a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling.
Since the original 1950 production, which ran for three years, the musical has been produced in three major Broadway revivals. Fox is reported to be developing a remake of the property, which was first adapted for the screen in 1955, with Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra.
the anger that goes along with it and the desperation and stuff like that. You’ve got to start at 60 miles an hour. It takes its toll.”