By Andrew Gans
10 Oct 2008
Vincent Pastore — of "The Sopranos" fame — is the narrator and plays the role of Big Julie for the concerts of the classic Frank Loesser musical. He is joined onstage by Mary Poppins' Ashley Brown as Sarah Brown, Phantom's Hugh Panaro as Sky Masterson, Tony winner Gary Beach as Nathan Detroit, former "Barney Miller" star Hal Linden as Arvide Abernathy, recent Damn Yankees star Megan Lawrence as Adelaide and Joe Cassidy as Nicely Nicely with Philip Sneed as Lt. Branigan, Andrew Lebon as Benny Southwest, Aaron Fuksa as Rusty Charlie and Gwendolyn Jones as General Cartwright.
The ensemble comprises Scott Beck, Anne Nicole Beck, Amy Biddle, Robin Leigh Massie, Ellen Kingston, Mark Gilgallon, Kathleen Gentry, Greg Gilpin, Kathleen Hacker, Angelina Holliman, Robert Leffler, Lara Moffet Menard, Joseph Sark, Rhonda Kaspar, Jennifer Ladner, Adreienne Atkins, Christine Colquitt, Kate Cherichello and Steven Condy.
David Levy stages the weekend of concerts with vocal direction by Fred Barton, costume design by Clare Henkel, choreography by Jen Ladner and lighting design by Stuart Duke and Ruth Hutson. Jacob Brent is the artistic assistant. Ty Johnson produces. Jack Everly conducts the orchestra.
In a previous statement Everly said, "America has given the world the Broadway Musical Comedy and Guys and Dolls is one of the classics of all time. Tuneful, funny and endlessly entertaining, our in-concert production combines a brilliant, award-winning Broadway cast with our glorious Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra so that the timeless Frank Loesser score will be heard in all its glory."
The most recent Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls featured Nathan Lane and Faith Prince. That Tony-winning revival, directed by Jerry Zaks, played 1,143 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre from March 1992-January 1995.
Two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff will direct a Broadway revival in spring 2009 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced. Sergio Trujillo will choreograph.
Show times are Oct. 10 at 11 AM and 8 PM, Oct. 11 at 8 PM and Oct. 12 at 7 PM.
Tickets, priced $20-$73, can be purchased by calling (317) 639-4300 or by visiting www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.