MAQUOKETA — “Guys and Dolls,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy featuring one of the great musical scores in the history of American theater, comes to the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, July 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m.
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy — considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy — soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.
Hailed by critics as “the perfect musical,” the show balances comedy, romance, and breathtaking dance routines, including the show-stoppers, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Luck Be a Lady.”
“Guys and Dolls” is about gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Damon Runyon sets his story in a colorful Times Square in the 1940s, populated by missionaries, showgirls, gangsters and cops. As the show begins, Nathan Detroit is desperately trying to find a place for his floating craps game, despite the protests of Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years, who wants him to quit gambling and marry her. In an effort to fund his latest game, he bets high roller Sky Masterson that he can’t lure Sarah Brown, a beautiful missionary, to travel to Cuba with him. Bets turn to romance as Masterson plots to win the bet, and ends up losing his heart.