The new U.S. Tour of Guys and Dolls, which stars Maurice Hines and is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, will begin a 50-city schedule at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center on Aug. 28. Hines heads a multi- racial cast which includes Alexandra Foucard as Miss Adelaide, and the married Brian and Diane Sutherland as Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown. Ken Roberson is choreographer.
As first reported by PBOL on Jan. 23, this Guys and Dolls, which originated at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., has a 2002 Broadway berth as its goal. The production played D.C. in early 2000. Foucard (who recently understudied Fantine and Eponine in Les Miz on Broadway) told PBOL Jo Sullivan Loesser, Frank Loesser's widow, saw the Arena staging and expressed her wish that the Arena cast tour with the show and eventually play it in New York.
Hines began his career at the age of five as a dancer alongside his brother and, later, his father. His Broadway credits include appearances in Eubie!, Bring Back Birdie and Sophisticated Ladies. Tony Award nominated for Uptown...It's Hot!, Hines went on to direct Satchmo, Harlem Suite and become the first African-American director for Radio City Music Hall.
Also in the cast are Wayne W. Pretlow as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Lawrence Redmond (Benny Southstreet), Annie Get Your Gun's Carlos Lopez (Harry the Horse), Richard J. Pelzman (Big Jule), Terrence Currier (Arvie Abernathy), Donna Migliaccio (General Cartwright) and Stephen F. Schmidt (Lt. Brannigan).
Designing the show were Paul Tazewell (costumes and sets), Michael Gilliam (lighting) and Susan R. White (sound). *
The most recent production of Guys and Dolls to play Broadway was the 1992 Tony-winning effort directed by Jerry Zaks. That show catapulted Nathan Lane and Faith Prince to their current level of stage stardom. Lane currently stars in The Producers this season; Prince in Bells Are Ringing.
—By Robert Simonson