The Oakland Symphony concludes its season by continuing its American Masterworks series, with Music Director Michael Morgan conducting a concert performance of the musical Guys and Dolls. The work by Frank Loesser will be sung by soloists and the Oakland Symphony Chorus – with a few extra overtures added for good measure. The performance is this Friday night at the Paramount Theatre.

There’s more information about the concert at the Oakland Symphony website.

Guys and Dolls tells the story of Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, and others like Nicely Nicely, living the lives of gamblers and ne’er-do-wells until Sister Sarah Brown does her best to reform them. The characters of Damon Runyon and the memorable score by Frank Loesser have been staples on and off Broadway since the musical’s original run in 1950. “I’ve actually been very surprised by the response of the community and the audience to the fact that we’re doing Guys and Dolls,” Morgan says. “People really love this show. I’ve always really like the show, but I didn’t know that so many other people joined me.” The Oakland Symphony has done several other Broadway shows this way, including Porgy and Bess and Follies. “I think that musical theater pieces are really the American masterworks. They don’t come from any other country, there’s no other country that has quite the same history, even if you look at operetta in Germany, it’s just not the same as what goes on in American musical theater. So I’m very happy to bring these shows out and play them with generally a larger orchestra than you would find in most Broadway pits, so that’s another advantage to hearing the music with the full orchestra.”

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