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Origins and Inspirations for Damon Runyon's Classic Musical "Guys and Dolls"

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Following friend (and racketeer) Arnold Rothstein’s murder, Damon Runyon used Rothstein’s trial as inspiration to write stories in a perpetual present tense. Runyon found his home in his fictional Runyonland, a place created from his observations of Broadway’s nightlife. Learn more about the origins of the classic musical Guys and Dolls in this post.

Ford's Theatre Guys and Dolls: Cast Interview

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Starting March 13, 2020, Ford’s Theatre presents a new production of the classic American musical Guys and Dolls, directed by Peter Flynn. We spoke with our four leads, Maria Egler, Joe Mallon, Bueka Uwemedimo and Karen Vincent, about their roles and what songs they already have playing in their heads.

Solving the Unknown: What Astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt Accomplished

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During her career, Henrietta Swan Leavitt catalogued more than 2,400 variable stars—about half of the known total in her day, without ever looking through a telescope. She catalogued alongside Williamina Fleming for the first part of her time at Harvard College Observatory and then with Annie Jump Cannon. With this production, Ford’s Theatre celebrates their contributions and accomplishments.