"Guys and Dolls in Concert," a benefit to be performed at Westfield's historic Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 9, is being presented to raise funds to support New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) and its free summer theatre training production program for aspiring young talent.
That program, now in its 25th year, has produced a multitude of performers and technicians who have gone on to not only major colleges and universities, but also on to successful theatrical careers, including several on Broadway.
Concert Tickets, which start at $20, are already on sale. They are available via phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.musicmanconcert.bpt.me. "Guys and Dolls, a Musical Fable of Broadway,” is the hilarious, musical comedy and 1950 Broadway Tony Award-winner that focuses on the colorful underworld of New “Yawk” mugs, lugs, dames and broads, including such charismatic characters as the high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson, the beautiful mission doll Sarah Brown, and the petty gambler Nathan Detroit with adorable nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years.
The concert will feature all the songs from Frank Loesser’s beloved 1950 musical, including, "Luck Be a Lady," "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat," and "A Bushel and a Peck." The concert will feature 28 performers, professional and local talent of all ages, most of them current or former participants in New Jersey Youth Theatre (NJYT) and a full orchestra led by David Maglione. Cynthia Meryl, NJYT's Artistic Director and a Broadway veteran, is directing the show, assisted by Camille Di Lorenzo.
"This event will be such a great holiday gift to the community,” said Meryl, a longtime resident of Westfield with her husband Ted Agress, NJYT's Executive Director and also a veteran of Broadway. In addition to its free summer program, NJYT offers year-round classes in acting, dance, musical theatre and voice during the school year to children ages 8-18.
Classes are held at the NJYT studios at 172 W. Westfield Avenue in Roselle Park, just ten minutes from downtown Westfield and five minutes from downtown Cranford. For NJYT class or event information, please go to www.njyouththeatre.org or call 908-233-3200.