Fairleigh Dickinson University to Present Musical
Madison, NJ – February 27, 2009 – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is bringing the award-winning 50s musical, “Guys and Dolls,” to the Dreyfuss Theater stage in April. This student production, sponsored by FDU’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is being directed by Nancy Robillard.
“Guys and Dolls,” set in the Fifties, originally opened on Broadway in 1950. Music by Frank Loesser, and story lines by Abe Burrows and Jo Swirling were borrowed from Damon Runyon’s stories. The characters, dance-hall girls and gamblers, together with the street revivalists who are espoused “repentance and clean living” were intermixed in a plot which included the actions of both groups.
The staged version won five Tony awards in 1951 including Best Musical. A 1955 film version, with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, won four Academy nominations in the musical comedy category, and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress. Between the years 1951 to 1992 “Guys and Dolls” revivals have won a total of 15 Tony Awards. A current Broadway revival opened on March 1.
At FDU, the evening performances will be held at 8 p.m. from Wednesday, April 1 to Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., and a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 5. General admission is $10; $5 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 973-443-8644, press 4, or purchased at the door.
A special matinee for high school classes will be held on April 3 at 11 a.m.
Arrangements for high school classes to attend may be made by calling Stephen Hollis, at 973-443-8467.
A special theater/dinner night on Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m. is being sponsored by FDU’s Alumni Office. Admission, $35, includes a buffet style dinner at 6 p.m., and the ticket to the Friday evening performance at 8 p.m. For this special dinner/performance package call M. Fine, 201-692-7013 or visit www.myfdu.net/guysanddolls.