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April 22, 2013

Great Lakes Theater/PlayhouseSquare Make a Sure Bet, Produce/Present "Guys and Dolls" at the Hanna Theatre

Spend an unforgettable evening as PlayhouseSquare and Great Lakes Theater present the classic GUYS AND DOLLS May 1 – June 30 at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. GUYS AND DOLLS is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series.

A Musical Fable of Broadway; Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon; Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows GUYS AND DOLLS is a sure bet that soars with the spirit of Broadway! Set in vivid, mid-20th century New York City and buoyed by a Frank Loesser score that is among the most immortal works in theater history, this American classic has been called “the perfect musical comedy.” Featuring an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls” and brassy-voiced showgirls, GUYS AND DOLLS is a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. GUYS AND DOLLS premiered on Broadway in the 1950s and managed to win the Tony Award for best musical. In 1955, the musical became a film adaptation, starring some of the biggest names of its day: Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine.

GUYS AND DOLLS is directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee and Cleveland native Dan Knechtges, who has established himself as one of the leading artists in American theater; working regularly on Broadway. His most recent credits include Sondheim on Sondheim (which was locally produced by GLT and PlayhouseSquare last spring), Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, among many others.

This production of GUYS AND DOLLS will mark the second year that PlayhouseSquare (the nation’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City) and Great Lakes Theater (one of the nation’s pre-eminent regional theater companies) are able to collaborate on a production.

“The opportunity to hear the magnificent score of GUYS AND DOLLS in the intimate setting of the Hanna Theatre promises to be a savory treat,” said PlayhouseSquare Senior Vice President of Theatre Operations Gina Vernaci. “Shaping this joyous celebration is our esteemed director, Dan Knechtges who after working extensively on Broadway, is finally making his PlayhouseSquare debut. His keen eye in collaboration with our partners at Great Lakes Theater is a first-class combination.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate once again with the extraordinary team at PlayhouseSquare," said Great Lakes Theater Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee. "In addition to affording our region's audiences the opportunity to experience one of Broadway’s greatest musicals, this joint production also affords us a chance to celebrate our 30-year partnership with PlayhouseSquare as a resident company. We're grateful for PlayhouseSquare's support over the years as partners, mentors and friends. Our three decades of work together is proof positive that great things are possible in our community through creativity and collaboration. We look forward to welcoming the KeyBank Broadway Series family to our Hanna Theatre home."

Tickets for GUYS AND DOLLS, MAY 1 – JUNE 30, 2013, at PlayhouseSquare’s Hanna Theatre are on sale now, with the best seating availability towards the end June. Performance times are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now at, 216-241-6000 or the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office. Groups of 15 or more call group sales at 216-640-8600.
GUYS AND DOLLSis part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, visit

GUYS AND DOLLS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. (421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 / Phone: 212-541-4684 / Fax: 212-397-4684 /

Great Lakes Theater affords patrons extraordinary access to its artists and production process at every Hanna Theatre performance. The Hanna opens its doors ninety minutes before each performance, allowing patrons to observe the complete pre-show preparation process of actors and technical staff. Elements traditionally hidden from audiences such as dance calls, prop/scenic pre-sets, technical cue rehearsals and actor warm-ups will be conducted in full view of patrons, offering audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the theatrical process. In addition, Great Lakes Theater offers patrons a robust series of Experience Enhancement Programming that is organized by day of week.

Salon Thursdays feature an engaging pre-show discussion with GLT artists beginning one hour before curtain. (Offered: May 9, 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27)

Happy Hour Fridays afford audience members the opportunity to gather and socialize at the Hanna’s bar early. Snack boxes along with a complete range of beverages are available for purchase ninety minutes before the show. (Offered: Every Friday Performance)

Ice Cream Social Sundays offer patrons the opportunity to enjoy a London theater tradition brought state-side. Audience members are invited to purchase a cool, personal ice cream treat before the show or at intermission. Ice cream will be offered at every GLT performance, but on Ice Cream Social Sundays the treat is half price. (Offered: Every Sunday Performance)

Director’s Night offers audiences the opportunity to take part in a pre-show discussion with GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, and Guys and Dolls director, Dan Knechtges, before the first Friday performance. (Offered: May 3)

Playnotes Pre-Show Discussions inform patrons with illuminating introductions to the content and history of the play presented by a guest scholar before Saturday matinee performances (Offered: May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1,8, 15, 22, 29 )

This performance engagement is a part of the Smart Seats program at PlayhouseSquare that offers smart entertainment at a smart price.  For more information on Smart Seats, visit

In addition, the PlayhouseSquare Community Engagement & Education Department creates an in-depth online newsletter, the Buzz Extra, to enrich the experience of the theatergoers. The Buzz Extra newsletter can be found online at

PlayhouseSquare encourages all guests to “Plan Your Visit” ahead of time by visiting and clicking the “Plan Your Visit” tab where directions, parking information, dining options, lodging, ticketing policies and other helpful information designed to enhance guest experiences at PlayhouseSquare exist. Whether their visit is the first or one hundred and first, PlayhouseSquare is committed to making guest experiences both as memorable and hassle free as possible.

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