As they did a year ago and again in March, the Greater Lowell Music Theatre is out to win audiences over with the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls on the Durgin Hall stage at UMass Lowell on July 12-13.
The Broadway classic is the third theatrical outing, after last summer's Music Man and March's Melody Cavalcade, from local musical theater gurus Jack Neary, Leon Grande and Phyllis George, who founded the company last year with Paul Marion, the executive director of UML's Center for Arts and Ideas.
"Phyllis, Leon and I love this show -- it made Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 top musicals," said Neary of the Frank Loesser/Jo Swerling/Abe Burrows' classic.
Based on Damon Runyan stories about gangsters, gamblers and their gals in the '20s and '30s, Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950, won the Tony Award for Best Musical, was made into a film in 1955, starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine and has had several revivals.
The cast features an array of musical talents, said Neary, who promises the cast will "wow" audiences with their musical chops.
Look for such song classics as "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," plus great singing, dancing, acting and a full orchestra to rock the audience.
"Our musicality is what will win our audiences over," said Neary.
Guys and Dolls will be performed Friday-Saturday, July 12-13, at 7:30 p.m. at Durgin Hall on the UML South Campus. Tickets $25; $15, students and seniors over 65. Visit www.glmt.org or call 978-319-8867 for info.
On the marquee
- TRADITION: Reagle Music Theater of Boston continues its 45th anniversary season with a production of the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof, running July 11-21 in the Waltham theater and starring Boston TV personality Scott Wahle as the comically beleaguered milkman Tevye. Wahle reprises the role that brought him critical acclaim 10 years ago. Donna Sorbello joins him on-stage as his exasperated wife, Golde. A full ensemble of talented performers round out the cast. The theater is located at 617 Lexington St., Waltham Tickets are $42-$57 and available at 781-891-5600 or visti www.reaglemusictheatre.com
- MAKING A SPLASH: The Teen Actorsingers bring 2001 Tony Award-winning satire Urinetown: The Musical to life in the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua, on July 12 at 8 p.m., July 13 at 2 and 8 p.m., and July 14 at 2 p.m. Featuring a cast of teen performers from Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, the show is about heroic pseudo-anarchist Bobby Strong and his fight to overthrow Caldwell B. Cladwell's Urine Good Company, after it monopolizes the town's dwindling water supply and charges folks for the so-called privilege to pee. The satire pokes fun at materialism, big business and corporate greed. $15, adults; $12 students/seniors at 603-320-1870, www.actorsingers.org or at the door an hour before each show.
- BLUE MAN MANIA: To keep up with summer demands, the long-running theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group will run seven days a week through Aug. 25. Shows are weeknights at 7:30 p.m. plus multiple performances on weekends. Blue Man plays the Charles Playhouse in Boston's Theater District, where it has been a mainstay for nearly 20 years. Visit www.blueman.com for info.
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