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Guys and Dolls

Guys & Dolls, A Musical Fable of Broadway

A note from the Director:

Through our differences, we are able to explore our commonalities. Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway, offers us the opportunity to explore gender expectations and gender roles in society in a provocative way. Though set in the 1940’s, this production will use non-traditional casting and an exploration of what it means to be a “guy”, “doll” or “lady” to reflect back on the modern audience a new perspective on this classic musical. This production will celebrate New York Cities ethnic and cultural diversity and will reflect a vibrant mix of influences from the various boroughs and neighborhoods. Diverse stories require diverse voices. All people, regardless of gender, ability or type are encouraged to audition. 

For the general auditions, please prepare one of the character song cuts provided and have a 16 bar cut of your own choosing. If you would like to be considered for more than one character, please let us know at the general call. For callbacks, please see the Audition Sides Guide for the corresponding character acting sides and list of specific cuts for the musical sides. Some actors may have multiple roles in the ensemble. Please come ready to make strong character choices and have fun! Show us what the world can be. 

FEMALE Roles

Sarah Brown: Arrives in NYC a sheltered and naive missionary with narrow views on the world. Sarah is naturally kind-hearted and has been brought up to be categorical in her view of the world. As the show progresses, so does her view of the world and of herself. Goes through character change over the course of the show by breaking free of societal expectations. She finds she has the agency and freedom to make her own decisions and discovers an adventurous side to herself. Begins the show singing in a classic musical theatre style and transitions vocally to her own voice (Ex:Jazz/Belt/Gospel).  Songs: Follow the Fold, I’ll Know, If I Were a Bell, I’ve Never Been, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending 

Adelaide: Adelaide is a strongly comic club headliner and Nathan’s long- suffering fiancée. She is optimistic and forgiving. Weary of the trouble that Nathan’s involvement in the craps game brings to her life, she longs for quiet family life away from New York. She speaks her mind and never makes herself small. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Adelaide’s Lament, Take Back Your Mink, Adelaide’s 2nd Lament, Sue Me, Marry the Man Today, The Happy Ending 

Big Jule: An intimidating hustler from Chicago, Big Jule holds all the power when she enters the room and is a sore loser. This character not only takes up space, she owns it. 

General Matilda B. Cartwright: The regional director of the Save-a-Soul mission, Matilda is authoritative through necessity but motivated by charity. She vocally and physically cuts loose in the song Sit Down Your Rockin’ the Boat. 

Agatha: A member of the Mission Band and a friend of Sarah. Sticks to the Missionary rules that govern her life. Songs: Follow the Fold, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, The Happy Ending 

Martha: Martha is a member of the Mission Band and a friend of Sarah. Enticed and inspired by the change she witnesses Sarah going through. Songs: Follow the Fold, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, The Happy Ending 

Allison: Friend of Adelaide and a main Hot Box dancers. Strong New York accent. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Take Back Your Mink, The Happy Ending

Hot Box Dancer: Newest member to the Hot Box Dancers. Keen and looking to get ahead. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Take Back Your Mink, The Happy Ending

MALE Roles

Sky Masterson: A self-assured gambler. Sky is able to adapt to any situation but ready to reel off prepared anecdotes regarding his view of the world. Despite his failings, Sky is immensely likeable. His character undergoes a change throughout the show. Seeing Witnessing Sarah’s bravery in finding her own voice, he begins to find his own. Songs: I’ll Know, My Time of Day, I’ve Never Been, Luck be a Lady, Happy Ending 

Nathan Detroit: A feckless and humorous manipulator, Nathan is the facilitator of illegal gambling in town. He is a broker; seldom a gambler. A consummate businessman with divided loyalties. He pacifies his fiancé Adelaide with vague promises of a marriage ‘some time’ in the future. Songs: The Oldest Established, Sue Me, Happy Ending 

Nicely Nicely Johnson: Nicely Nicely is an eccentric gambler and one of Nathan’s closest associates. Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldst Established, Guy and Dolls, Sit Down, You’re Rock’ the Boat, The Happy Ending 

Benny Southwest: He is a gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Oldest Established, Guys and Doll, The Happy Ending 

Arvide Abernathy: A member of the Save-a-Soul mission, Arvide is Sarah’s grandfather. He is a reasoned old man with a warm heart. Though he harbours only the kindest intentions, his view on gender roles is traditional to a fault. Songs: Follow the Fold, More I cannot Wish You, The Happy Ending 

Harry the Horse: He is a gambler with a complaining streak and is one of Nathan’s primary associates. 

Lt. Brannigan: Brannigan is a policeman engaged in what he perceives to be a battle of wits with Nathan to stop the craps game. Motivated to stay on top of fast changing and growing world around him. This is primarily an acting role. Comic timing essential. 

Vernon: Friend of Adelaide and main Hot Box dancers. Have a very strong opinion about anything and everything around them. Adelaide is like a mother to them. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Take Back Your Mink, The Happy Ending 

Ferguson: Friend of Adelaide and main Hot Box dancer. Follows the leader with naïve abandon. Adelaide is like a mother to him. Songs: Bushel and a Peck, Take Back Your Mink, The Happy Ending 

Calvin: Member of the Mission Band. 

FEMALE OR MALE Roles

Rusty Charlie: A gambler and one of Nathan’s primary associates (friends). Songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, The Happy Ending 

Angie the Ox: Gambler in Nathan’s gambling group of friends. 

Joey Biltmore: Gambler and business person 

Various other roles including, crapshooters, NYC citizens, Havana citizens, and club employees.

 


GUYS & DOLLS 

Audition Sides Guide

Character

Side #

Sky Masterson

1, 2, 3, 6

Sarah Brown

1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 14

Nathan Detroit

2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13

Nicely-Nicely Johnson

6, 7

Miss Adelaide

5, 13, 14

Arvide Abernathy

3, 9, 10, 12

Harry The Horse

7, 8

Benny Southwest

7

Lt. Bannigan

7

General Cartwright

3

Big Jule

8

Agatha (Female Ensemble)

12

Ensemble Female

12

Ensemble Male

11

Acting Sides

Music Sides

Guys and Dolls- Callback Sides

Entire Company

1. Fugue for Tinhorns

  • Everyone must learn this 8-bar cut (Men and Women), no matter what you’re submitting for
  • Women: Experiment with changing octaves in various places so it’s comfortable

Adelaide

  1. Adelaide’s Lament, #8 (m. 29 to end) (1-end, vs.2 only for callbacks) (Callbacks cut is on rehearsal track)
  2. Take Back Your Mink, #21a (m. 18 to 82)

Adelaide and Nathan:

  1. Sue Me, #27 (first two verses and choruses)

Arvide:

  1. More I Cannot Wish You, #23 (m. 39-end)

Nicely:

 Sit Down You’re Rockin’, #28 (m.1 to 79)

Nicely and Benny:

  1. Guys and Dolls, #10 (mm. 77-end. Nicely take top harmony, Benny bottom.)

Sara:

  1. I’ll Know, #6B (all)
  2. If I were a Bell, #15 (2nd. vs to end) (all for callbacks)

Callbacks cut on rehearsal track

Sara and Sky:

  1. I’ve never Been in Love Before, #17a (all)

Sky:

  1. My Time of Day, #17 (m. 1-23)
  2. Luck Be A Lady Tonight, #25 (m. 1-100)
Adelaide #1 (MP3, 2 MB)
Adelaide #2 (MP3, 1 MB)
Arvide #1 (MP3, 1 MB)
Nicely #1 (MP3, 2 MB)
Nicely and Benny #1 (MP3, 842 KB)
Sarah #1 (MP3, 925 KB)
Sarah #2 (MP3, 2 MB)
Sarah and Sky #1 (MP3, 2 MB)
Sky #1 (MP3, 1 MB)
Sky #2 (MP3, 1 MB)