ASHLAND It’s considered the perfect musical comedy by theater experts and it’s Melanie Cornelison-Janotta’s favorite musical.
Cornelison-Janotta will direct the Paramount Players in “Guys and Doll” Friday and Saturday. The show, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center.
Despite its genre, the show has a controversial past.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1950, where it ran for 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Cornelison-Janotta said, noting the show was chosen the winner of the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The prize was never awarded.
“Because of writer Abe Burrows' troubles with the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Trustees of Columbia University vetoed the selection, and no Pulitzer for Drama was awarded that year. I don't think many people are aware of this at all!” she said.
New faces can be seen in the 45-member cast, as the troupe has had new members join.
“We are very lucky that, in the past year, many new actors have joined the Paramount Players,” she said. “New actors are always welcome and people should remember that no experience is necessary to come out and audition. Just the desire to have fun, meet new people and put on a show for our community.”
Opportunities to perform abound.
Auditions for The Paramount Kids! production of Disney’s Frozen Jr. will be at 5 p.m. Monday at the theater. Auditions are open to shoe ages 8 to 18.
Auditions for the musical “Carrie,” based on the Stephen King novel, will be Sept. 3 and 4 and are open to those 14 through adult. The production is rated R.