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‘Guys and Dolls’ Opens July 11th at McLean Community Players at Alden Theatre by Cathy Farnsworth

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The McLean Community Players (MCP) present Guys and Dolls, considered by many the perfect musical comedy opening July 11, 2014, in McLean’s Alden Theatre. Guys and Dolls has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon. The show ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway and won multiple Tony Awards. Veteran director Shelly Horn leads an award-winning cast and crew for this show, which has had many revivals on Broadway and in London. Guys and Dolls opens July 11th and runs weekends through July 27th, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Nathan Detroit (Rich Amada) and Sky Masterson (Andrew Bolden), two professional gamblers, meet to talk about arrangements for the floating crap game that Nathan runs. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

Nathan Detroit (Rich Amada) and Sky Masterson (Andrew Bolden), two professional gamblers, meet to talk about arrangements for the floating crap game that Nathan runs. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City in the 1950s, Guys and Dolls follows the fortunes of a group of small-time gamblers, including Nathan Detroit, who runs an infamous floating crap game, and Sky Masterson, who falls in love with Sarah Brown, a beautiful, but strait-laced, Salvation Army worker. The score for Guys and Dolls contains some of the most beloved songs in Broadway history including “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Police Lt. Brannigan (Joe LeBlanc), who has been trying to shut down the illegal floating crap game, warns the crapshooters. Photo by Traci J. Brooks.

Police Lt. Brannigan (Joe LeBlanc), who has been trying to shut down the illegal floating crap game, warns the crapshooters. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

About Guys and Dolls Director Shelly Horn says, “Guys and Dolls is the ultimate theatre experience for those who know the show well, but also for those who have never seen it. It has great music, a great story, many laughs and, in this case, a talented and hard-working cast, crew and production staff. It is a show I have waited more than two decades to direct and I am enjoying every moment of the process.”

The two couples, Miss Adelaide (Jocelyn Steiner), cabaret performer, and Nathan Detroit (Rich Amada), professional gambler and Adelaide's fiancé of fourteen years, with Sky Masterson (Andrew Bolden), gambler, and Sarah Brown (Elizabeth Hester), worker at the Save-a-Soul Mission, discuss their plans. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Photography.

The two couples, Miss Adelaide (Jocelyn Steiner), cabaret performer, and Nathan Detroit (Rich Amada), professional gambler and Adelaide’s fiancé of fourteen years, with Sky Masterson (Andrew Bolden), gambler, and Sarah Brown (Elizabeth Hester), worker at the Save-a-Soul Mission, discuss their plans. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studios.

Guys and Dolls plays on weekends from July 11-27, 2014  at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre, -1234 Ingleside Avenue., in McLean, VA. For tickets, call the Alden Box Office, through OvationTix at (866) 811-4111, or purchase them online. Tickets are $18 to $20, and group rates are available.

For more information, call (703) 790-9223 or visit our website.

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Guys and Dolls is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Through a cooperative agreement with The Metropolitan Washington Ear, along with the support of the Alden Theatre, audio description services for individuals with vision challenges will be offered at the July 26th performance.

The McLean Community Players, based in McLean, VA., celebrates both the musical and dramatic theater traditions. Putting up four shows a year, two musicals and two plays, MCP is committed to doing theater for the community, in the community, with the community, and sustained by the community.

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