NWSA College Music Theater presents Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls

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Guys and Dolls press release photo.New World School of the Arts college music theater brings its annual musical production back to downtown Miami as it the Tony award-winning musical Guys and Dolls with book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Directed by New World School of the Arts dean of theater Patrice Bailey, the play highlights the talents of music theater college juniors and seniors, and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra students, led by Jeff Hess, Musical Director of the show.
Sponsored by HSBC, with additional support by NWSA theater alumnus Patrick O. Connell and Agentis Legal Advocates & Advisors, New World School of the Arts will recognize valued supporters of the school during an invitation-only Donor Celebration on February 23. After the alfresco reception in the NWSA garden area, guests will be invited to attend the 7:30 PM performance of Guys and Dolls for the perfect culmination to an evening of NWSA Music Theater with friends.
Opening Night for Guys and Dolls is on Friday, February 16; 7:30 PM at Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor. Follow-up shows are on February 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM and Sundays, February 18 and 25 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Information at 305-237-3541. Tickets may be purchased online sat http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
“Guys and Dolls is simply a fun musical with memorable characters and songs that you just want to sing,” said dean Bailey. “We have the Salvation Army attempting to “Save Souls” in the middle of Times Square surrounded by gamblers and drunks, who just want play the horses or shoot craps. The show introduces us to characters that have a weakness for women and who are willing to risk everything for the roll of the dice. Hopefully, in the end, Lady Luck will be on their side to find love and they will sacrifice everything for it.”
Director’s Notes:
GUYS AND DOLLS is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, which celebrates Broadway’s golden era of musical theater. The show premiered on Broadway on November 24th, 1950 running for 1,200 performances and winning 5 Tony Awards including the 1951 Best New Musical. Guys and Dolls is based on short stories written by Damon Runyon; The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure and borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably Pick the Winner. These stories, written in the 1920s and 1930s, are all about gangsters, gamblers, and other characters of the New York underworld.  Runyon was noted for creating characters that grew out of the prohibition era and creating distinctive character social types who appeared tough but funny and sentimental with names like “Benny Southstreet” “Harry the Horse”, “Liver Lips Louie” and many others. The legendary producing team of Cy Feurer and Ernest Martin decided to use these stories and their colorful characters for their first Broadway hit Guys and Dolls. It was a smart idea. In 1955 it was made into a film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum are a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.
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