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Guys and Dolls complete

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING for the much-anticipated revival of Guys and Dolls is now complete.

Joining McGregor, Krakowski and Hodge in a principal role, will be Jenna Russell as the Salvation Army's Sarah Brown - the girl pursued by seasoned gambler, Sky Masterson (McGregor) to fulfil a bet.

The cast will also feature Martyn Ellis (as Nicely Nicely Johnson), Niall Buggy, Gaye Brown and Sevan Stephan.

Music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser and includes such classics as I've Never Been In Love Before, Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat and, of course, the title song itself.

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PREVIOUSLY POSTED: JOINING Ewan McGregor in Guys And Dolls when it opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on June 1, 2005 (previews from May 19), will be Jane Krakowski and Douglas Hodge.

In this, her West End debut, Krakowski will play Miss Adelaide, the long-suffering girlfriend of gambler, Nathan Detroit (Hodge).

Although probably best known as the man-hungry Elaine in TV's Ally McBeal, Krakowski is certainly no stranger to stage.

In fact, had it not been for a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in the Broadway musical, Nine - for which, incidentally, she won a 2003 Tony Award - her West End debut would have been in the black comedy, Fuddy Meers, back in 2002.

She has also appeared on Broadway in Once Upon A Mattress, Starlight Express and Grand Hotel, and was recently seen in cinemas in Alfie, with British actor, Jude Law.

Douglas Hodge is also well-acquainted with theatre, having appeared in major productions of Harold Pinter's works - The Lover, Betrayal, No Man's Land and The Caretaker.

He was seen most recently, in Three Sisters (opposite Kristen Scott Thomas) and Dumb Show at the Royal Court. His TV credits include, Red Cap and Middlemarch.

Previously Posted: ALTHOUGH a venue and exact dates have yet to be finalised, it's now been confirmed that Scottish screen star, Ewan McGregor, will make his musical stage debut in next year's revival of Guys and Dolls.

McGregor previously appeared on stage, in 1999, in the Hampstead Theatre production of Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, which transferred to the West End.




His screen credits, though, are impressive and include the highly successful Star Wars, Black Hawk Down, Little Voice, A Life Less Ordinary and Shallow Grave.

Not forgetting, of course, Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film, Moulin Rouge, in which he first demonstrated his singing and dancing skills.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: TWO WEST End giants, The Ambassador Theatre Group and Donmar Warehouse, are set to co-produce one of the all-time classic musicals, Loesser and Burrow's Guys and Dolls.

The new version, the first of its kind for 23 years, will be directed by Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director, Michael Grandage who has expressed 'enormous privilege' at his involement in the project, adding 'it presents an exciting opportunity for the Donmar to develop its work and style in a larger theatre space'.

The Donmar can, in fact, seat only 250.

Based on Damon Runyan's 'The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown', Guys and Dolls was originally meant to be a serious romance. However, after casting Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows in the principal roles, it seemed more fitting as a comedy.

It's the story of a group of 'loveable' New York gamblers and the bet taken by one of them - that he can make the next girl he sees fall in love with him.

And, as luck, or otherwise, would have it, she just happens to be a pure and righteous member of the Salvation Army.

Could it be then, that opposites DO attract?

Guys and Dolls comes with a celebrated record. After the original Broadway run of 1,200 performances way back in 1950, it was followed, five years later, by the highly successful film, which starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

More recently, in 1982, Bob Hoskins and Julia McKenzie and later, in '96, Clive Rowe and Imelda Staunton, headed the respective casts of the National Theatre productions, the former under the direction of Richard Eyre.

Howard Panter of ATG has also expressed his enthusiasm for the project.


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