Rivertown Theaters opens its 2017-18 season with the jubilant “Guys and Dolls,” considered by many as the finest piece of musical theater ever created.

Based on the Damon Runyon prohibition-era stories of New York gamblers and dames, this irresistible musical comedy contains a cavalcade of hit songs by Frank Loesser ranging from the romantic “I’ll Know” and “If I Were a Bell” to the rousing “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.”

The book by Abe Burrows is as sharp and clever as it was when the show premiered in 1950. And the big dance numbers add a jazzy charm to a production that should please audiences of all ages.

David Hoover directs a cast of over 25 actors, featuring Emily Borne, Joseph Morand, Mike Harkins, Alison Logan, Adam Segrave and Preston J. Mech II. 

Bruce Burgun is a retired theater professor from Indiana University and a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.