Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Lyric Theatre today announced the cast of its all-star concert performance of Frank Loesser’s beloved Broadway musical Guys and Dolls, this April.  With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls has remained a perennial favorite in the American musical theater canon.  The musical is an adaptation of short stories by Damon Runyon and paints a picture of 1930-40s New York City, focusing on gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, missionary Sarah Brown, and nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide. The score includes favorites such as a “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “Take Back Your Mink,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and “If I Were A Bell.”  Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950 and was subsequently revived in 1976, 1992, and, most recently, in 2009.

Grammy winner Nestor Torres stars in the role of suave gambling giant Sky Masterson.  Torres, internationally renowned as a Latin jazz flute sensation, will impress Lyric audiences with his acting & singing chops.  Nestor’s gift for spoken word, musicality and his undeniable charisma result in a seamless transition into musical theater.  Devout Nestor Torres fans will be thrilled to know that his famous flute skills will be showcased as well, cleverly integrated into the story and award winning score.
Effervescent opera darling, Lorrianna Colozzo, plays Sky’s love interest Sarah Brown.  Ms. Colozzo is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Music.  She has been featured in numerous operatic and musical theatre roles nationwide including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte.  The Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Nanetta in Falstaff. Lorrianna has been an award winner in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Comedian, pianist, singer Sarge plays Nathan Detroit.  Sarge in the role as Nathan is inspired casting, playing to all of his strengths.  This colorful character role is traditionally played by high energy comedians, the likes of Sam Levine, Bob Hoskins and Nathan Lane. Of course, audiences will be delighted to see Sarge take to the keys in numbers like “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” and “Adelaide”.   Sarge has opened for some of the biggest names in music - Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, and Wayne Newton, just to name a few. From Radio City Music Hall to Major League Baseball's All-Star game to entertaining our nation's troops in Iraq, Sarge leaves ‘em clamoring for more.
As Miss Adelaide is music theatre veteran, Karin Leone. Karin was most recently seen on The Lyric stage in last season’s rock musical Next to Normal.  A Stuart native, Ms. Leone returned to her hometown, after 8 years of performing nationally in venues in New York, Chicago & Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center.  Leone has been described as having “the panache of the quintessential brassy, Broadway belter”, by New York critic, Peter Filichia.  She has been twice nominated by the Star Ledger, for Best Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Rita LaPorta in Lucky Stiff and again for the Vagina Monologues.  In Los Angeles, Karin was nominated for Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical in The Kid from Brooklyn.  Karin Leone attended Shenandoah Conservatory and now works for the Lyric Theatre. 

The incomparable Knight Kiplinger will read the narrator, as well as playing Arvide Abernathy.  Mr. Kiplinger is best known as editor in chief of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, and the Kiplinger Letter, America’s leading business-forecasting publication.  He is the author of several books, most recently World Boom Ahead, and is a frequent guest on major television and radio programs. He is also a baritone in The Washington Chorus and has performed under the batons of such renowned conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Seiji Ozawa, and Marin Alsop, at venues ranging from the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to the great cathedrals of Europe (and also on the Grammy winner for “Best Classical Recording” in 2000).

Television personality, Greg Rice joins the cast as Big Jule. Greg and his twin brother John rose to fame in the late 70’s with numerous appearance on the talk show circuit that started with The Merv Griffin Show and secured their place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest living twins. The Rice brothers are household names in Palm Beach County, where they prospered in real estate, ran a motivational company and attained celebrity as the likeable television pitchmen for a local pest control company. Greg Rice is also Hulett's marketing director, John started out writing the commercials. Both starred in the ads, which featured them as wacky send-ups of various household insects. The Rice brothers also appeared on ''Real People," the ''Maury Povich Show," ''That Quiz Show," and in 13 episodes of ''Foul Play," a sitcom that featured them as landlords.
Onstage with our spectacular cast is The Craig Turley Orchestra. For more than two decades, The Craig Turley Orchestra has accompanied prominent artists and entertainers including Bernadette Peters, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and Mannheim Steamroller.  Mr. Turley and a 14 piece orchestra, conducted by Music Director, Evan Ferrar, will share the stage with the actors, bringing out every cheeky nuance of Frank Loesser’s irreplaceable score.  Hit songs include: Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat, If I Were a Bell, Take Back Your Mink and many more.
Jared Walker directs the concert production, with Evan Ferrar as music director and choreographed by Elizabeth Casalini.

Tickets are $45. Group & Corporate Rates are available. Tickets are available at the Lyric Box Office, by calling at 772-286-7827 or online at
Program Information:
Guys & Dolls in Concert
Lyric Theatre
Thursday, April 10th at 7pm; Friday, April 11th at 7pm;
Saturday, April 12th at 4pm & 7pm; Sunday, April 13th at 4pm

Nestor Torres (Sky Masterson)
Sarge (Nathan Detroit)
Lorrianna Colozzo (Sarah Brown)
Karin Leone (Miss Adelaide)
Knight Kiplinger (Narrator/Arvide Abernathy)
Greg Rice (Big Jule)
The Craig Turley Orchestra
Evan Ferrar, Music Director and Conductor
Jared Walker, Director
Elizabeth Casalini, Choreographer

Ticket Information 
Tickets are $45. Group & Corporate Rates are available. Tickets are available at the Lyric Box Office, by calling at 772-286-7827 or online at