‘Guys and Dolls’ Is Getting a Big-Screen Remake
Guys and Dolls has had several lives—as a long-running and oft-revived musical and a classic movie musical, for starters—and now Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide, and all their gambling associates are heading to the big screen once again.
The musical has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, who also wrote How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The story is based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure," and it borrows from Runyon's other stories, too.
Now, according to Variety, "TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamblers and gangsters that inspired the shows, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical."
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1950. It won five Tony Awards in 1951, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Guys and Dolls premiered in London in 1953 and was revived numerous times, including in New York in 1965, 1976, 1992, and 2009, and in London in 1982, 1996, 2005, and 2015.
Guys and Dolls was made into a film once before, in the now-classic 1955 movie starring Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, and Vivian Blaine. The movie was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
The musical and movie musical are filled with memorable songs including "Luck Be a Lady," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," and "If I Were a Bell," as well as plenty of unforgettable characters including Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sister Sarah Brown, Miss Adelaide, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson.
Keep an eye out for casting news and an eventual trailer. We can't wait—if we were bells, well, you know the rest.
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What's your favorite song from Guys and Dolls? Who would you cast in this new production?