Speaking of on-again-off-again productions, the Frank Loesser estate keeps threatening us with yet another revival of Guys and Dolls. Originally, it was supposed to be an import of the recent London production, helmed by director Michael Grandage and choreographer Rob Ashford. For whatever reason, that didn't happen.
Now it appears that the Jersey Boys team will be taking the reins, with Des McAnuff directing and Sergio Trujillo providing choreography. The show is slated to play a TBD Nederlander house, which probably means it's going to play the Nederlander Theater, unless for come reason Hairspray (Neil Simon Theater) or Legally Blonde (Palace Theater) close in the interim.
According to Jo Sullivan Loesser, this will have been the "longest period ever between Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls." With all due respect to the widow Loesser, that doesn't appear to be entirely accurate. According to IBDB, there have been five Broadway productions thus far, and if you go by opening dates, then yes this will have been the longest stretch without Guys and Dolls on the boards. But if you count from *closing* dates to the next opening date, then the current Guys and Dolls dry spell (fourteen years) actually comes in second to the one between the 1976 all-black revival and the acclaimed and most recent 1992 production (fifteen years).
But who am I to quibble?
Am I the only one who has little or no interest in seeing Guys and Dolls again? Will they have to bring in Ewan MacGregor and Jane Krakowski, or a reasonable facsimile, to put the butts in the seats, as they did in London? If memory serves, the London production followed with Patrick Swayze and then Don Johnson. I'll probably see it no matter who's in it, but I see nearly everything. The question is, will John and Jane Q. Public?