The musical Guy and Dolls is famous for more than just getting Marlon Brando to croon on camera. The Frank Loesser show is known as one of those musical that changed the genre when it first hit the floorboards back in 1950. Why? Well, because in this oft-lauded show about small-time gamblers and sin, each line meant something. It's not merely about chicks and geese and ducks that had better scurry (i.e., Oklahoma). Take, for example, "Adelaide's Lament", considered by arty-farty critics as "a perfect comic song." Simply put, it's one of the show's best songs -- one of the best in musical comedy, one could argue -- and sung through a psychosomatic cold, each line stuffed with delirious punchlines.
Anyway, the entire show is fun. Really, fun. Downright zippy, one might say. "A Bushel and a Peck," "Havana," "Take Back Your Mink," the theater crashing "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," and of course, "Lucky Be a Lady" are all tunes now made famous over the years. Best of all, you can catch Guys and Dolls while lounging on Mt. Tam.
This year's Mountain Play production, which gives theatergoers the chance to catch the show while picnicking on the Mount Tamalpais in Mill Valley, runs on May 23, 30, June 6, 12, 13, and 20.
You can buy tickets here (they run from $36 - $21) and learn more at MountainPlay.org.