Guys and Dolls is a musical by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Based on the writings of Damon Runyon, it tells the story of "Guys" Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson and their respective "Dolls," Miss Adelaide and Sister Sarah Brown.
The musical opened on Broadway in 1950, ran for three years, and garnered five Tony Awards. It has since become a staple of community and regional theatres, as well as enjoyed two successful revivals on Broadway, including one with an all African-American cast.
Selections performed in Muppet Productions
- Scooter and Fozzie Bear perform the song as part of the Camelot joust scene medley in The Muppet Show episode 305. The lyrics were altered, naming the second horse Guenevere instead of Valentine.
- Julie Andrews and the Muppets in Julie on Sesame Street
- Parodied with the song "Can Read" on Sesame Street
- The song lyrics to "Fugue for Tinhorns" provided the only on-screen reference of any name for "Paul Revere," first seen in episode 221.
- A parody commercial of food songs in episode 112 of The Jim Henson Hour includes the song "Lox Be a Lady Tonight."
- Nathan Lane played Nathan Detroit in the 1992 Broadway revival
- Frank Sinatra played Nathan Detroit in the 1955 film
- Imelda Staunton played a Hot Box Girl and understudied Miss Adelaide in the 1982 London revival at The National Theatre. She then played Miss Adelaide in a subsequent National Theatre revival (in the mid 1990s).