‘Guys and Dolls’ debuts


Courtesy of USM's School of Music.

USM’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ cast.

The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi presents “Guys and Dolls” Nov. 10-12 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center in Hattiesburg. The show was rec-ognized as the first full-scale musical that was performed on the MPAC in three years. With scores conducted by Dr. Michael Miles, music director, and performed by Southern Miss’ Symphony Orchestra. Show director, Mike Lopinto, discussed how it was a wonderful way to return to the stage in glorious fashion. “This cast has really pulled out all the stops for a big evening of singing, dancing, and comedy that will be the perfect night out.”

“Guys and Dolls!” takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes “Guys and Dolls!” a real crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages!”

“Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the strait-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result.” With over 1,200 shows performed since 1950, “Guys and Dolls” is the perfect musical comedy for any theatrical enthusiast. Among the overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics; the show was a success and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.

To learn more about any upcoming events, visit the Opera and Musical Theatre on Hattiesburg Campus or call 601.266.5418.