In the six decades since its Broadway premiere, the musical Guys and Dolls has become inseparably associated with a mythical era, one in which sharp-suited rouges prowled New York City gambling dens, recklessly risking fortune and romance on a single roll of the dice. Of course, the NYC of Guys and Dolls was always a fanciful imagining of the Eisenhower age, one in which escapism trumped historic fidelity. The choice to endorse romanticism over reality drove the musical to an instant success marked by sell-out crowds and a slew of awards, including the 1951 Tony for Best Musical. Highlighted by the swinging compositions of Frank Loesser (including the iconic "Luck Be a Lady") and a breezily witty book from Abe Burrows and Jo Swerlings, Guys and Dolls follows the misadventures of two incorrigible gamblers, Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson, who place a wager on the latter's skills as a lothario; specifically his ability to seduce a random woman. Though Masterson is a confidently charming cad, his task is complicated by his conquest being Miss Sarah Brown, a prudish Salvation Army reformer who laments the decadence of NYC nightlife. Peter Rothstein, founding artistic director of Theater Latte Da, takes the helm intending to prove that swagger never goes out of style.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., June 16, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: June 15. Continues through June 26, 2011