The BSOC Brings a Little Bit of New York City to Billings with a Semi-Staged Production of Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway

Billings Arts

Join the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale for this lightly staged production of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway. It tells the tale of two young couples betting against the odds in Depression-era New York City. Full of heart and humor, this Broadway hit features classics such as Sue MeLuck be a Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat. Featuring a cast of Broadway professionals and local talent.

Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway in three performances: Saturday, March 20 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 PM at the Lockwood Performing Arts Center. Masks must be always worn while in attendance. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person, a live-stream option is available for the Saturday 7:30 PM performance for $10. It will also be available on-demand after the live-stream performance, also for $10. Doors open one hour before each scheduled performance. A pre-recorded Concert Cues will play at 6:40 PM and 1:40 PM before each scheduled in-person concert and will play the week prior on Facebook. For the live-stream, Concert Cues will begin at 7:10 PM. All tickets are available at billingssymphony.org.

Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway on November 24, 1950. Based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, the show follows Nathan and his rag-tag crew as they gamble everything to finance their beloved craps game. The cast, a variety of saints and sinners, includes Miss Sarah Brown, the cold missionary who is in desperate need of sinners; Sky Masterson, the suave gambler who takes Nathan’s $1,000 bet that he cannot get Sarah to go with him to Havana; and Miss Adelaide, the Hot Box Nightclub dancer who is literally sickened by her prolonged engagement to Nathan. These characters are brought to life with the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser. Many of Loesser’s songs from the show have become much-loved standards, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Guys and Dolls prove that, in the midst of high-stakes bets, floating craps games, and mission meetings, the biggest gamble one can take is on love.

The BSOC, following guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Yellowstone County Public Health Officials at RiverStone Health, have crafted risk mitigation protocols to guide their gatherings. The orchestra performers, as well as the audience, will be socially distanced per public health recommendations. Universal mask-wearing on and off stage for patrons and musicians is mandatory. Sanitation protocols will be carried out per CDC guidelines. Concert goers who have been vaccinated are still required to always wear a mask.

All BSOC personnel will be screened through a daily health assessment, and patrons who are possibly sick or exposed to Covid-19 are asked not to attend live but take advantage of the live- streaming option for each concert.

For more information about Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway and a complete list of cast biographies, please visit billingssymphony.org/shows/classic-series/guys-and-dolls-in-concert/

Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway is proudly sponsored by US Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Classic Series is proudly sponsored by The Oakland Companies. Our Live Stream Concert sponsor is Stockman Bank. The 2020-2021 Media Sponsor is KTVQ-2, and the 2020-2021 Host Hotel is the Northern Hotel.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSOC) is the largest professional orchestra in Montana. Established in 1951, the BSOC strives to enrich lives through music. Consisting of over 135 musicians, the BSOC serves a regional population of 400,000 people located throughout South Central and Eastern Montana and Northeastern Wyoming by introducing music to children, youth, adults, and seniors through Explore Music! the BSOC’s community engagement program. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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