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Carley Neill Vann plays Sarah Brown and Tyson Wheeler is Sky Masterson in City Theatre's "Guys and Dolls."

Sacramento Live: Ambitious 'Guys and Dolls' at City Theatre

Published: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 11TICKET
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 - 9:54 am

City Theatre at Sacramento City College goes for it in a big way with its new production of the classic musical comedy "Guys and Dolls." With a cast of 32, a seven-piece live orchestra, and more than 100 costumes, director Christine Nicholson helms the most ambitious show they've ever done.

Based on stories by Damon Runyon, the musical features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

The original 1950 production won a Tony Award, and a 1992 revival also won the Tony. Sacramento's Faith Prince earned a Tony in that production for her portrayal of Miss Adelaide, the marriage-minded nightclub performer. Several of Loesser's songs have become American songbook classics, including "Luck Be a Lady" (performed in the movie by Marlon Brando and later recorded by Frank Sinatra), "If I Were a Bell" (recorded by Miles Davis with John Coltrane and Bill Evans, among others) and the show-stopping "11 o'clock number," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."

Bradley Moates provides the musical direction, with choreography by Diamond Rose Pedersen. The orchestra will be conducted by Rob Knable. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12. A special matinee will be at 2 p.m. May 11. At the Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. Friday and Saturday evening tickets are $12-$15. Matinees are $10-$13. Information at citytheatre.net.

Opening

"Un pour tous, tous pour un" goes the famous saying, which Hunter Pence more or less quoted as the Giants won the World Series in 2012.

If your French has some rust on it, that would be the "all for one, one for all" motto coined by the young Frenchman d'Artagnan in Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers." Ironically the main character of the novel, d'Artagnan, isn't one of the title characters, though he and the musketeers are all the best of friends.

Playwright Dana Friedman ("Extraordinary Things: Through the Eyes of Anne Frank") returns to the B Street Family Series with a new adaptation of the Dumas classic. Buck Busfield and Anna Rose MacArthur direct the well-loved and often-told story, which opens this weekend.

There's a preview at 1 p.m. Saturday, and it opens at 4 p.m. Saturday. Regular performance times are 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at B Street Theatre B3 Stage, 2727 B St. through June 2. Tickets are $18-$27; $12-$15 for the preview. For information: (916) 443-5300 or www.bstreettheatre.org. Recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Closing

Penny Kline's "Dark Meets Light," based on Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit," takes its last bows this weekend. The Ovation Stage world premiere finishes its run with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at California Stage's Three Penny Theatre, 1723 25th St., Sacramento.

Taking off on Sarte's existential musing about what hopelessness could be, Kline creates her own version of hell with two women and two men locked in a room for eternity (mine would be stuck reading an unending loop of Facebook rantings and minutiae). With Laure Olson, Brent Dirkson, Jawara Duncan and Alyssa Garcia. Kline directs. Tickets are $15-$18. For information: www.ovationstage.com or (916) 448-0312.

Call The Bee's Call The Bee's Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder.

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