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Thursday, November 17, 2011


NORTH PARK LIVE--No one asked me, of course, but I have your weekend booked. You’re going to catch Guys & Dolls, a live Tony Award winning musical at the North Park Theatre either Friday, Saturday nights or a matinee on Sunday. Curtain is at 7 pm so, any pre-theatre dinner means you need to be at the Linkery, Urban Solace, The Ritual, Sea Rocket, Alexander’s or Smoking Goat restaurants as soon as possible. Street parking isn’t gonna happen so go directly to the well-lit parking garage (entrance on 29th St. opposite NP Theatre box office).

Après theatre, there’s nearby Claire de Lune coffee house and Heaven Sent Desserts at 30th & University. Craft beer lovers will head to Toronado at Lincoln and 30th or cocktails next door from theatre at West Coast Tavern.
The original Guys & Dolls premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24, 1950. George S. Kaufman directed it and starred Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley, and Vivian Blaine. The musical ran for 1,200 performances, winning five 1951 Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical.

This weekend’s cast is from St. Augustine, the all-boys high school in North Park. They’re very, very good and for $12 per ticket make a retro night of it and come as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Detroit. And, thanks Saints for helping keep North Park Theatre alive as a live stage venue.

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