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re: Michael Riedel, Jerry Zaks, Carolyn Mignini, GUYS AND DOLLS......The Opening
Posted by: AlanScott 03:49 pm EST 01/10/21
In reply to: re: Michael Riedel, Jerry Zaks, Carolyn Mignini, GUYS AND DOLLS......The Opening - PurpleMoney 03:20 pm EST 01/10/21

The published script and the licensed have a very detailed scenario for "Runyonland" that is basically what is seen in the movie. I would guess that Michael Kidd's choreography for the original production was simply described in the published script rather than Kidd working from a scenario written by someone else, although Kaufman and Burrows may well have been very involved with its creation.

In Brosdway Stories by Marty Bell, Zaks said that the original version of "Runyonland" seen during early previews, which presumably followed the scenario in the published and licensed scripts to at least some degree, was cut completely when it was clear that it wasn't working. But then after it had been cut completely for a while during previews, Christopher Chadman came in with a 90-second version, and they ended up using that.
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