Monday, January 3, 2011

Musicals Monday

Guys and Dolls is one of my favorite musicals.  I was first introduced to it years ago when my mom played the piano for a local theatre company who were performing it, and I've loved it ever since.

It all begins with a bet. Nathan Detroit bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson that Sky cannot persuade Save-A-Soul Missionary Sister Sarah Brown to accompany him on a trip to Cuba. While the worldly Sky works his charms on a wary Sarah, Nathan is doing his best to stay outside the matrimonial clutches of his long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide. "Guys and Dolls" is a fable about what happens to gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century, the romantic and funny "Guys And Dolls" is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and scantily clad showgirls, and one the great musical scores in the history of American theatre.

The song you're about to hear is called Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat.  Having lost a bet to Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) and a bunch of gamblers are required to attend a church meeting.  One of Nathan's friends, Nicely Nicely Johnson, decides to tell about a dream that he had.

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