Guys and Dolls

Original Broadway Production (1950)

Trivia & History

Michael Kidd said in a 1990 interview that "Take Back Your Mink" was put in the last night the production was in Philadelphia. The second act had opened with "A Bushel and a Peck". A week before they left Philadelphia, Burrows decided that he wanted to get to the Hot Box earlier in the evening. Loesser had a trunk song to use and they set about choreographing and designing the number. It was rehearsed all without the final music and orchestrations. The music arrived literally during the first act of the final Philadelphia performance. The number was put in for the second act and it stopped the show.


Sam Levene auditioned by singing the song "Pony Boy", the only song he knew. He sang it and Frank Loesser sat, not saying anything. He asked Levene to sing it the right way. Levene responded that he sang it the right way and didn't know any other way. Loesser had a good laugh and Levene got the job.


Levene's lack of singing ability caused problems in the company. Most of his solo and duet material was cut. He was also asked to mouth the words during chorus numbers to prevent throwing off other performers.


The production closed down on Broadway from June 29 through August 22, 1953. During that time, the company played at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. On August 24, the production reopened on Broadway, back as the 46th Street Theatre.



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