“Guys and Dolls” have lived many lives in the better part of the last century. The Broadway musical is based on two short stories written by Damon Runyon in the 1930s (via NPR). Runyon’s short stories are so unique that the term “Runyonesque” was invented in the wake of their publication. What makes something for “Runyonesque”, you might ask? If your story pays special attention to Manhattan, especially the Broadway area, and has shady characters like players and nightclub singers with colorful nicknames that pepper their sentences with equally colorful slang, then it could be called “Runyonesque.”
This is exactly the case with “Guys and Dolls.” Written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, the musical follows two great gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Nathan hopes to create one of the biggest craps games in town. But because the threat of the operation being closed by the police is so high, Nathan needs a $ 1,000 security deposit to secure the location he has put out. Nathan has little cash, so he decides to get rich quick by betting his teammate Sky Masterson on $ 1,000 so that Sky can not charm local do-gooder Sarah Brown to go on a romantic vacation with him to Havana, Cuba .
What begins as a bet for Sky quickly turns into a legitimate romance as he gets closer to Sarah. Meanwhile, Nathan has his own romantic problems to tackle as his longtime girlfriend, a nightclub singer named Adelaide, continues to ask him to propose. During the musical, these two couples deal with a series of obstacles as they take a bet on love.