Guys and Dolls

Musical - Original

46th Street Theatre

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  • Opening Date: November 24, 1950
  • Closing Date: November 28, 1953
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 1200

Lyrics: Frank Loesser

Music: Frank Loesser

Book: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows


A fly-by-night gambler attempts to woo a Salvation Army missioner for a $1,000 bet. Meanwhile, a beleaguered showgirl tries to hook her fiancé of 14 years, the founder of "the oldest, established, permanent, floating crap game in New York."


Opening Night Cast

Robert Alda Sky Masterson
Isabel Bigley Sarah Brown
Vivian Blaine Miss Adelaide
Sam Levene in Guys and Dolls Sam Levene Nathan Detroit
Pat Rooney Arvide Abernathy
Douglas Deane Rusty Charlie
Stubby Kaye Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Netta Packer General Matilda B. Cartwright
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Opening Night Production Credits

Abe Burrows Abe Burrows Book
  Jo Swerling Book
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Music
Frank Loesser Frank Loesser Lyrics
George S.  Kaufman George S. Kaufman Staging
Michael Kidd Michael Kidd Dances and Musical Numbers Staged
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1951 Best Musical Frank Loesser
Abe Burrows
Jo Swerling

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1951 Outstanding Musical   Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1951 Theatre World Award Isabel Bigley Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1951 Actor in a Musical Robert Alda Winner
1951 Author of a Musical Jo Swerling
Abe Burrows
1951 Choreography Michael Kidd Winner
1951 Direction (pre-1960) George S. Kaufman Winner
1951 Featured Actress in a Musical Isabel Bigley Winner
1951 Musical Frank Loesser
Jo Swerling
Abe Burrows
1951 Producer of a Musical Cy Feuer
Ernest H. Martin
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