International hit musical Guys and Dolls will take audiences on a sizzling New York journey with TV heartthrob Richard Fleeshman in one of the starring roles.
The actor, who is best known for his character Craig Harris in Coronation Street, will play the part of Sky Masterson in the iconic stage show which starts a five-night run at His Majesty’s Theatre on Tuesday, April 5, as part of a major UK tour.
The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls follows a hugely successful run in the West End.
Casting for the tour also includes Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, Emmerdale, The Colbys) as Nathan Detroit, Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita) as Adelaide and Anna O’Byrne (Love Never Dies) as Sarah Brown.
Coronation Street actor Richard Fleeshman received rave reviews for his role in Ghost the Musical, in both the West End and on Broadway, in which he portrayed Sam Wheat, played by the late Patrick Swayze in the 1990 American film. The actor recently appeared in Call the Midwife as Tony Amos, and he also secured a major record deal with Universal Records upon leaving Coronation Street.
Louise Dearman is one of musical theatre’s biggest stars and was the first actor to play both Glinda and Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked. She has played countless leading ladies in the musical world, including the character Sarah Brown in the hit Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls in the West End.
Her extensive theatre credits also include Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall), The Water Babies (Leicester Curve), Evita (UK Tour), Grease (UK Tour and West End) and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour). As a recording artist Louise has released 3 albums.
Maxwell Caulfield’s theatre credits include the Tony Award winning production of The Elephant Man and the National Theatre’s transfer of An Inspector Calls on Broadway, among others. In recent years Maxwell has starred in several long-running UK television series including Emmerdale and Casualty.
Anna O’Byrne’s theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (ENO), Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK Tour), Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s). Her film credits include Christine Daae in the acclaimed Australian production of Love Never Dies released internationally in cinemas and on DVD.
A joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America.
The story follows desperate Nathan Detroit, who needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. His fiancé, nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, is running out of patience after a 14-year engagement. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can't lose?
Director of Programming and Creative Projects at Aberdeen Performing Arts, Ben Torrie, said: “An iconic show like Guys and Dolls needs top class performers in its leading roles, and we couldn’t ask for better. We can’t wait to welcome such high calibre performers to His Majesty’s Theatre for a really exciting week with this stunning production.”
The hugely popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers including ‘My Time of Day’, ‘Luck be a Lady’ and the show-stopping ‘Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat’.
Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
Tickets for the HMT run are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg, who has directed plays and musicals at major theatres across America and Europe, written for television and stage, and runs the musical theatre program at The New Group in New York, where he is based. The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser, whose credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and the song ‘Baby, It's Cold Outside’.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner Productions.