Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre (following the closure of Bend It Like Beckham) while simultaneously touring the UK from March 2016. The West End production opens 19 March and is booking until 30 October while the UK tour will run simultaneously, opening in Liverpool on 16 March and touring throughout the UK until 30 July, closing in Woking. Full cast details for both productions to be announced.
This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows), based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers. Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
Director Gordon Greenberg has directed plays and musicals at major theatres across America and Europe, has written for television and stage, and runs the musical theatre programme at The New Group in New York. Current projects include the stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, and a new musical project with multi award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Directing credits include the Drama Desk Award-winning New York revival of Studs Terkel’s Working, and the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award nominations). Current writing projects include Scramble Band, an original movie for the Disney Channel, and The Single Girls Guide, a new musical updating Jane Austen’s Emma to 1964, and also adapting and directing Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and The Secret of My Success for Universal Pictures Stage Productions. Recent credits include Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created with Nell Benjamin), the Disney Fantasy Christening (with Neil Patrick Harris and Jerry Seinfeld), and Happy Days, a new musical (first US tour).
Choreographer Carlos Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, and has danced as a principal with English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba and Houston Ballet. He is a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet, appears worldwide with companies including ABT, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet, and has created roles in contemporary ballets both with The Royal Ballet and internationally. He has staged several shows across Europe featuring both classical and contemporary repertory, including his own choreography and the work of choreographers from his native Cuba.
Also in the creative are designer Peter McKintosh, musical supervisor/director Gareth Valentine, orchestrator Larry Blank, lighting designer Tim Mitchell and sound designer Paul Groothuis.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
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