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Sing, dance, laugh and gamble the night away in this timeless blockbuster musical comedy. From the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City, gangsters and missionaries team up for an unforgettable adventure! This bubbly musical is full of laugh out loud comedy, zany antics, soaring melodies and unabashed romance as its lovers quarrel and make up as only guys and dolls can do. With showstopping choreography and classic hits (“Luck Be A Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” and the rousing “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”), this slick and stylish musical will steal your heart and save your soul! Fun for everyone.
- Director/Choreographer: Richard J. Hinds
- Associate Choreographer: Lizz Picini
- Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
- Assistant Musical Director: Dan Mullarney
- Scenic Designer: Shoko Kambara
- Lighting Designer: Dan Ozminkowski
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Sound Designer: Miles Polaski
- Wig Designer: Al Annotto
- Production Stage Manager: Suzi Bonnot
“GUYS AND DOLLS”
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by: FRANK LOESSER
Book by: JO SWERLING and ABE BURROWS
GUYS & DOLLS
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances
Artistic Staff / Musicians
Corinne Aquilina (Musical Director) New York and tour credits include Broadway pit of The Boy from Oz. Annie, Five Guys Named Moe, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Arranger/orchestrator: Menopause, The Musical. Corinne was Musical Director for the North American Premiere of From Here to Eternity and Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Saturday Night Fever. Original works include music/lyrics: Treasure Island, A New Musical; Pump N Go; The Littlest Witch. Regional: Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Forty Second Street, Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, La Cage, My Fair Lady, The King & I, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, Oliver, Tintypes, Brigadoon, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Dames at Sea, Singin’ In the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, and Daddy Long Legs. Corinne is Program Director/Assistant Professor for Musical Theatre at Nazareth College of Rochester. Member: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and AFM Local 802. Here’s to you JT.
Suzi Bonnot* (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse this summer after working on Austen’s Pride in 2016. New York credits include Groundhog Day, Old Times at Roundabout, Fun Home, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, Target Margin Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, Mannes Opera, The Drama League, Gallery Players, and NYMF. Regional credits include Syracuse Stage, The Hippodrome Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and six summers at The Muny. Graduate of OCU.
Terrance E. Caviness Jr. (Trumpet 1) is Director of Bands at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, New York and adjunct Professor of Music at SUNY Oswego. Mr. Caviness conducts the Allegro Youth Wind Ensemble at Syracuse University and is an active guest conductor and clinician. He maintains a very successful private trumpet studio and is an active professional musician, performing with the Syracuse Symphony, Symphoria, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and numerous other local and touring groups.
Jen Grunfeld (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to the festival for her third season. Past shows with MGR include: Oklahoma!, From Here to Eternity, Treasure Island, Million Dollar Quartet, Smokey Joe’s Café, West Side Story, Light in the Piazza, Saturday Night Fever, and Sweeney Todd. Other stage management credits include: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Spring Gala and Benefit Reading of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab 2016, Saturday Night Fever and Broadway Christmas Wonderland (national tours), All Aboard! (off-Broadway), The Night Alive at Round House Theatre, Laugh, Choir Boy, Bad Jews, Belleville at Studio Theatre, and Camp David at Arena Stage. Love and Thanks to Becca, Mom & Dad.
Richard J. Hinds (Director/Choreographer) Broadway & Tour credits include Come From Away (Associate Chor.), Disney’s Newsies (Associate Dir.), Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir./Chor.), Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Dir.), 9 to 5 (Associate Dir.), and Disney’s High School Musical (Associate Chor.). Richard worked on the off-Broadway and West End productions of Here Lies Love (Associate Dir./Chor.). His regional theatre credits include La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre. His Television credits include “Bring It,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The Bethenny Show.” Richard is represented by Bloc Talent Agency and would like to dedicate this production to Julie Tomaino. www.richardjhinds.com
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer) is so happy to be designing this production of Guys and Dolls. After receiving her MFA and then teaching college for 5 years, Tiffany has had the pleasure of working at FLMTF/MGR and Youth Theatre for the last 8 years as Costume Shop Manager and a designer. Tiffany is also thrilled to be a part of the Youth Theatre program at MGR, helping to teach a whole new generation about the power of theatre. She also works occasionally with the Harlequin Players at CCC and the Auburn Players. You may have seen some of her work last season, including the SALT Award-nominated Crazy for You and Oklahoma!. Some of Tiffany’s favorite designs from past seasons include, West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. So happy to have the entire “World’s Greatest Costume Shop” return this season! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team who make miracles happen every day! Couldn’t do this without all of you! Much love to Julie Tomaino. As always, a huge thank you and all my love to Geoff Howard – the best darn husband a girl could ask for.
John Jeanneret (Reed) is an accomplished musician, composer, and educator. He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and the University of North Texas. John has worked with many inspiring jazz musicians, including Michael Brecker, Rufus Reid, and Phil Woods, among countless others. He has also played with over 50 regional and touring musical theatre productions. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by various high schools, university groups, and professional ensembles. John currently teaches at Fayetteville-Manlius High School and maintains an active private music studio. He lives in Syracuse and enjoys playing golf, traveling, volunteering, and learning new languages. www.johnjeanneret.com
Shoko Kambara (Scenic Designer) Recent Work includes Third (The Hangar Theater), Animals Out of Paper (Hudson Stage Company), The Prince of Players (Houston Grand Opera, World Premiere), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Barber of Seville (Opera Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of St Louis- St Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design, Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera), Nice Work If You Can Get It (National Tour, Worklight Productions) Don Pasquale (Juilliard School, NYC), 7th Monarch (Off-Broadway, Acorn Theater, NYC), Turn of the Screw (Syracuse Stage), 1-888 Dial India (Various Theaters, Mumbai), Bombitty of Errors (Syracuse Stage), Shining City (Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Las Vegas). Broadway Associate Scenic Design work: Macbeth, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Man and Boy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Million Dollar Quartet, The Miracle Worker, Ragtime, 33 Variations. Education: MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.shokokambara.com
Dan Mullarney (Assistant Music Director) is excited to be a part of his first Merry-Go-Round show. He is a Music Teacher at Southern Cayuga Schools, a graduate from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and will be attending Ithaca’s Conducting in Musical Theater and Opera Master’s program in the fall. Over the last year he has worked with Merry Go Round’s youth theatre education program by accompanying for their summer Musical Theatre Intensive and their MGR Junior Stars.
Dan Ozminkowski (Light Designer) MGR: Fourteen productions, including From Here to Eternity and Treasure Island last summer. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Arena Stage; Treasure Island, A New Musical at Arkansas Rep; Let Me Down Easy at Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Rep, and Berkeley Rep. North American Tour: Spirit of Uganda (2010 – 2014). Associate/Assistant: A Night with Janis Joplin, Impressionism & The Ritz (Broadway); Le Reve at Wynn, Las Vegas; Jennifer Muller/The Works in Brazil. Nominated, Barrymore Peco Award. USA 829. BFA, Purchase College; MFA, Parsons. Head of Lighting Design, Illinois State University.
Lizz Picini (Associate Choreographer) is represented by Clear Talent Group in New York City, is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, and has the privilege of teaching full-time at Broadway Dance Center. She is delighted to return to Auburn as the Associate Choreographer for Guys and Dolls after playing Tess in Crazy For You, Gertie Cummings/Dance Captain in Oklahoma!, and performing in On The Town, all at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Additional performing credits include Ruth/Associate Choreographer in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Clarice in West Side Story, both at Ogunquit Playhouse; and Disney’s world premiere musical When You Wish, Beauty and the Beast, and Sister Act, all at Tuacahn Amphitheatre. She is thankful to be living the dream!
Miles Polaski (Sound Designer) is a New York based sound designer, composer, and projection media designer. New York credits include productions with The Flea Theater (Drama Desk nominee and Jeff Award nominee for Fulfillment by Thomas Bradshaw), Transport Group, Playwrights Realm, National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma- Yi Theater Company, Pace Gallery, and MBL Productions, among others. Chicago credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Red Tape Theatre (Jeff Award for Mouse in a Jar), Chicago Dramatists, The Gift Theatre, Collaboraction Theatre, Steep Theatre, and About Face Theatre, among others. Miles was the resident sound and projection designer for five seasons at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, where he designed over 65 musicals and plays. www.milespolaski.com
Darryl Pugh (Bass) a graduate of Berklee College and Eastman School, is a longtime bassist in the Syracuse area. A founding member of Symphoria, Darryl has performed extensively with Syracuse Stage, SU Drama, CNY Jazz Orchestra, and various other musical venues in the area. Darryl holds adjunct posts at local colleges including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, and Onondaga Community College. He resides in Syracuse with his wife Mary Ellen and sons Colin and Daniel. Darryl is thrilled to perform again with MGR Playhouse.
Matt Van Slyke* (AEA Assistant Stage Manager) has been an ASM with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse since the summer of 2013 and is thrilled to be spending another summer with the Festival. Other MGR credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Crazy for You, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Outside MGR, Matt has been an SM PA for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nashville Tour 2013, 2014), stage managed many readings at The New York Theater Workshop and Lark Play Development Center in NYC, and most recently, Stage Managed Titan Theatre Company’s King Lear at Queens Theater in the Park. Matt is a graduate of Ohio University with BFAs in Acting and Stage Management. Many thanks to his team and crew for remembering the bottom of the list. Ball Change.
James R. Spadafore (Woodwinds) is excited to be playing in the pit with such outstanding conductors and musicians. As a freelance musician James has performed with the likes of Marvin Hamlish, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Ben Vareen, Bob Hope, Petula Clark, The Fifth Dimension, The Spinners, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. As a pit musician, Mr. Spadafore has performed with the national touring companies of City of Angels, The King And I, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan, Big, Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful: The Carol King Story, and Motown the Musical. Mr. Spadafore is currently a member of the “Stan Colella Orchestra” and has performed at Syracuse Stage. James resides in Liverpool, N.Y. and wishes to thank his parents Pat and Fran, his three children Joel, Crista, and Samantha, and his significant other Betsey who inspires him each and every day.
Sinai Tabak (Additional Arrangements) Regional music director credits: Guys and Dolls, Josephine, Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center); Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theater Festival); The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse); Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); and Justin Guarini’s Lovesick (Bucks County Playhouse). Off-Broadway: Stars of David (DR2 Theater), workshops of The Total Bent (Public Theater), American Psycho, Murder at the Gates, Damascus Square, and The Single Girls Guide (DTC). Film: Hello Again. Sinai received a degree in Music Composition from NYU.
Ethan Urtz (Trumpet) a native of Liverpool, NY, is thrilled to return to Merry-Go-Round for his third season. He is currently based in Rochester, NY where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. He also performs regularly with Symphoria. Growing up in Central New York, Ethan benefitted greatly from the region’s vibrant arts, and it is a source of great pleasure that he is now able to contribute to that culture.
Malcolm Williamson (Trombone) A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Malcolm Williamson is an active freelancer in Western and Central New York. He performs in numerous ensembles across multiple genres, working as a trombonist, arranger, songwriter, and occasional guitar or bass player. He held the position of second trombone with la Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, one of Mexico City’s three professional orchestras, from 2012-2014, and won the International Trombone Association’s Gilberto Gagliardi competition in 2008 and its Robert Marsteller competition in 2010.
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society