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28Mar

Damn Yankees @ Overbrook H.S.

Damn Yankees: A Classic Blend of Baseball and Temptation

In the heart of Broadway, a timeless tale of passion, baseball, and the eternal struggle between good and evil unfolds on stage in the form of "Damn Yankees." This classic musical, with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, continues to captivate audiences with its irresistible charm and toe-tapping tunes. Set in the 1950s, "Damn Yankees" follows the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who would do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators defeat the mighty New York Yankees and win the pennant. Enter Mr. Applegate, a devilish character who offers Joe the chance to become young again and lead his team to victory in exchange for his soul. Joe, now transformed into the charismatic Joe Hardy, embarks on a journey filled with love, temptation, and moral dilemmas.

The cast of "Damn Yankees" delivers stellar performances, led by a standout portrayal of the enigmatic Mr. Applegate by the talented (Alex Rozanski). Their charismatic stage presence and devilish charm infuse the production with energy and excitement. Similarly, Tyler Blaylock shines as Joe Hardy, effortlessly transitioning from the eager baseball fan to the confident young athlete torn between his dreams and his conscience.

A highlight of the show is the electrifying chemistry between Joe Hardy and the seductive Lola, played with sultry sophistication by Savannah Mitchell. Their sizzling duets and playful banter add depth to the narrative, exploring themes of desire and redemption amidst the backdrop of America's favorite pastime.

The production's set design and choreography transport audiences to the golden age of baseball, with dynamic dance numbers and vibrant costumes that capture the era's glamour and excitement. From the bustling streets of Washington, D.C. to the hallowed grounds of the baseball diamond, each scene is brought to life with meticulous attention to detail and a sense of theatrical flair.

While "Damn Yankees" may be rooted in nostalgia, its themes of ambition, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams remain as relevant today as they were when the musical first premiered. Through its blend of humor, heart, and irresistible melodies, "Damn Yankees" continues to enchant audiences, reminding us of the enduring power of love and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

In conclusion, "Damn Yankees" stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Broadway musicals, showcasing the talents of its cast and creative team while celebrating the timeless allure of America's favorite pastime. Whether you're a baseball fan or simply in search of a night of theatrical magic, "Damn Yankees" is sure to hit a home run with audiences of all ages.

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season

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