Adelaide (center - Melissa WolfKlain) and her "debutantes" (Jill Slyter and Brigitte Losey) perform in The Hot Box” Photo Credit: Jessica Palopoli

“Guys & Dolls” Proves to be a Holiday Tonic

As noted in an earlier post, the  San Francisco Playhouse is staging a new look at the Broadway hit Guys and Dolls, that has met with critical success.

Inspired by Damon Runyon’s stories about post-prohibition New York, Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, and Jo Swerling’s musical tale of gamblers, gangsters, and betting on love follows two unlikely pairs: a high-roller wooing an uptight missionary to win a bet, and a burlesque dancer whose slippery long-time fiancé can’t seem to commit.

Helmed by San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English with music direction by Dave Dobrusky and choreography by Nicole Helfer, the Playhouse’s new production reexamines the classic musical, bringing alive Damon Runyon’s gritty world of New York’s Lower East Side and Harlem during the 1930s.

Local Bay Area critic, Jean Schiffman, has describes it as “musical magic.”

Producers note that it is “an uplifting story of redemption perfect for the holiday season.”

Guys and Dolls will perform January 13, 2024 at San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post Street.

For tickets ($15-$125) and more information, the public may visit or call the box office at 415-677-9596.