In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.
All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear
at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical.
Includes the songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking
Guys and Dolls
is a musical
with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
and book by Jo Swerling
and Abe Burrows
. It is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown
" and "Blood Pressure" – two short stories byDamon Runyon
, – and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories – most notably "Pick the Winner".