Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Guys and Dolls. Get to know Mark Moyle!
Please introduce yourself and state your role in the show.
I am Mark Moyle and I play Lt. Brannigan primarily, but I am also a gambler in the larger musical numbers, and a drunk with a line in the show.
Who is your favorite guy from the Guys and Dolls movie, Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson? Why?
I haven’t seen the movie. From the script, I would have to choose Nathan. Sky is too perfect, too suave. He’s like the James Bond of gamblers. Nathan is more of a regular guy. He has financial problems, relationship problems, etc.
Who is your favorite girl from the Guys and Dolls, Sarah Brown or Miss Adelaide? Why?
Sarah is too uptight. Too by the book, rules oriented. Sky (and alcohol) help with that somewhat. But I really like Adelaide. She can be a bit of a dingbat (a little like Edith Bunker on All In The Family) but she is also quite intelligent and reads a lot. She is also very loving.
What are you most excited about accomplishing in your role for this show?
I hope that I can make the various parts I play very different and distinct, so that even though the audience my recognize my face, they will fully accept me as very different characters.
If you could be a part of Nathan’s gang, a Hot Box Girl, a Save A Soul Mission member, or Havana Night Club attendee, what would you choose?
In real life I am very law abiding and rule following (like Sarah). So although I would find it exciting to live the life as one of Nathan’s gang, I don’t think I could actually do it. I wouldn’t be a Hot Box girl (as a 63 year old man). I do regularly attend church but the mission people are a little too narrowly focused for me. So I guess that leaves a Havana Night Club attendee, although I would attend without having the alcohol.
Tell the people something to get them excited for this show!
There is so much to like about this show. The writing is very funny, as well as touching at certain moments. The music is wonderful. I imagine most people will leave the theater with 1 or more songs going through their heads. And last but certainly not least, the cast is GREAT! We have some very talented people performing, along with great direction. And if this is anything like prior shows, the costuming and all the other aspects that go into the shows, lighting, set design, etc., etc. will be terrific as well.
With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls opens March 20th and runs through April 5th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!