The first performance of Guys and Dolls was in 1950, and now, 65 years later, the cherished musical is still being performed on stages all across the world. Based on the stories of Damon Runyan and featuring the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser, this classic show brings to life an indelible cast of characters – small-time gamblers and petty criminals, and the women who love them, set in late 1940s New York City.
This month, it comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, from April 14 until April 19th, and I recently had the opportunity to speak with Skye Brofenbrenner, who is a member of the cast.
Skye was born and raised in Orange County and was one of the first to graduate from UCI’s BFA program in 2010. She is full of praise for her time at UCI, which provided her and other students with hands-on experiences, including putting together a showcase which they bring to New York. “We fly to New York, go to auditions, and experience what it would be like to do this as a career,” says Skye.
As a child, Skye was involved in karate and wanted nothing better than to become Jackie Chan’s sidekick, however, that quickly changed when she attended a local community children’s theater performance of Oliver.
Even though she’s performed on many stages across the nation, it is Orange County she is most excited about. “It has been a dream of mine to perform on that stage ever since I saw a national tour of Les Miserables at SCFTA, when I was 13,” and her dream will come true in a couple of weeks when she steps onto that stage for the very first time.
One of the finest musical comedies ever written, GUYS AND DOLLS is packed with one unforgettable song after another, including “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” the show-stopping “Adelaide’s Lament” and, of course, “Luck Be A Lady.” Whether you’re the betting type or not, GUYS AND DOLLS is always the odds-on favorite to transport you to The Golden Age of Broadway.
Whether you’re an enthusiast or want to come out and support local gal Skye, you can purchase your tickets to Guys and Dolls by visiting SCFTA website. And as usual, Chef Ross Pangilinan will be creating a menu especially for the show. For reservations at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, call 714-429-7640.