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Damn Yankees (Broadway) [Poster] ON jerry

Damn Yankees (Broadway & Tour)

DAMN YANKEES with a book by George Abbott & Douglass Wallop and Music & Lyrics by Richard AdlerJerry Ross opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on March 3, 1994, then went on hiatus from January 1, 1995 through February 28, 1995 with an official re-opened on Broadway on March 12, 1995 and closed on August 6, 1995 after 33 previews and 519 performances. Based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop; Book revisions by Jack O’Brien.

Produced by Mitchell Maxwell, PolyGram Diversified Entertainment, Dan Markley, Kevin McCollum, Victoria Maxwell, Fred H. Krones, Andrea Nasher, The Frankel-Viertel-Baruch Group, Paula Heil Fisher and Julie Ross; Produced in association with Jon B. Platt, Alan J. Schuster and Peter Breger; Associate Producer: Thomas Hall, Jennifer Manocherian, Jonathan Pillot, Andrea Pines, TDI, Inc., Mark Balsam, Meyer Ackerman, Julian Schlossberg and Workin’ Man Films, Inc. Originally produced by Old Globe Theatre (Jack O’Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)

Directed by Jack O’Brien; Choreographed by Rob Marshall; Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by David C. Woolard; Lighting Design by David F. Segal; Sound Design by), Jonathan Deans; Hair Design by J. Roy Helland; Make-Up Design by J. Roy Helland; Musical Director: David Chase; Music orchestrated by Douglas Besterman; Dance arrangements by Tom Fay; Additional dance arrangements by David Krane and Vocal arrangements by James Raitt.

Damn Yankees (Broadway) [Poster]Starring Victor Garber (Applegate – Feb 14, 1994 – Dec 31, 1994), Bebe Neuwirth (Lola), Jarrod Emick (Joe Hardy), Dennis Kelly (Joe Boyd), Dick Latessa (Van Buren), Vicki Lewis (Gloria Thorpe – Feb 14, 1994 – Dec 31, 1994), Linda Stephens (Meg Boyd), Michael Berresse (Bomber), Jeff Blumenkrantz (Smokey), Paula Leggett Chase (Betty), Terrence P. Currier (Welch), Bruce Anthony Davis (Henry), Cory English (Bubba), John Ganun (Mickey), Gregory Jbara (Sohovik), Susan Mansur (Sister), Cynthia Onrubia (Kitty), Joey Pizzi (Vernon), Scott Robertson (Del), Amy Ryder (Photographer / Rita), Nancy Ticotin (Donna), Michael Winther (Ozzie), Scott Wise (Rocky)

Swings: Robyn Peterman and Mark Santoro

Standby: Patrick Quinn (Applegate)

Understudies: Michael Berresse (Joe Hardy), Paula Leggett Chase (Meg Boyd), John Ganun (Joe Hardy), Robyn Peterman (Gloria Thorpe), Scott Robertson (Joe Boyd, Van Buren, Welch), Amy Ryder (Sister) and Nancy Ticotin(Lola)

Replacements

Replacement Cast: Jerry Lewis (Applegate – Feb 28, 1995 – Aug 06, 1995), Charlotte d’Amboise (Lola – Feb 28, 1995 – Aug 06, 1995), Eric Kunze (Joe Hardy), Liz Larsen (Gloria Thorpe – Feb 28, 1995 – Aug 06, 1995), Jason Workman(Joe Hardy), Mel Allen (Stadium Voice), Karen Babcock (Kitty), John Bolton (Ozzie / Stadium P.A. Announcer / Lo-Tone / Play-by-Play Announcer), Bill Brassea (Bubba), Meg Bussert (Rita / Photographer), Mark Chmiel (Smokey / Voice of TV Sportscaster), David Elder (Bomber / Lo-Tone), Allen Fitzpatrick (Del – May 1995 – Aug 06, 1995), Louis D. Giovannetti (Voice of Narrator / Sohovik), JoAnn M. Hunter (Kitty / Hi-Tone), Gregory Jbara (Voice of Narrator), Troy Britton Johnson (Mickey / Lo-Tone), Roxie Lucas (Lulu / Photographer), Penny Ayn Maas (Betty / Hi-Tone), Rod McCune (Rocky), Christopher Monteleone (Mickey), Robb Edward Morris (Bomber), Cynthia Onrubia (Hi-Tone), Scott Robertson (Ad Executive), Malinda Shaffer (Donna / Hi-Tone)

Replacement Swings: Linda Gabler, Rod McCune, Jim T. Ruttman and David A. Wood

Replacement Standby: Valerie Wright (Lola)

Replacement Understudies: Meg Bussert (Meg Boyd), David Elder (Joe Hardy), Allen Fitzpatrick (Van Buren, Welch, Joe Boyd), Linda Gabler (Gloria Thorpe), Troy Britton Johnson (Joe Hardy), Roxie Lucas (Sister) and Malinda Shaffer (Lola, Gloria Thorpe)

Assistant Director: Will Roberson; Assistant Choreographer: Kathleen Marshall; Associate Lighting Design: Susan A. White; Assistant to Mr. Schmidt: Randall K. Richards; Assistant to Mr. Woolard: Tracy Christensen; Personal Assistant to Mr. Segal: Alexandra Pontone

General Manager: Charlotte W. Wilcox; Company Manager: Robb Lady later replaced by Bruce Kagel; Associate General Manager: Susan Sampliner

Production Stage Manager: Douglas Pagliotti later replaced by Maureen F. Gibson; Stage Manager later added withCosmo P. Hanson; Production Supervisor: Alan Hall; Technical Supervisor: John Wolf; Assistant Stage Manager: Cosmo P. Hanson later replaced by James Mountcastle.

Casting: Jay Binder; National Press Representative: Peter Cromarty & Company; Assistant Press Representative: Bill Klemm; Dance Captain: Cynthia Onrubia; Production Coordinator: Lesley Mazzotta; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Baseball Consultant: Barry Weinberg; Photographer: Martha Swope and Associates; Promotions: Keith Hurd; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Online Inc.; Special Effects by Gregory Meeh; Pianos by Baldwin

Musical Coordinator: William Meade; Musical Continuity by James Raitt; Associate Conductor: Robert Hirschhorn and David Chase; Concert Master: Marti Sweet; Reeds: Lawrence Feldman, Edward Joffe, Rick Centalonza, William Meade, Frank Santagata, Kenneth Hitchcock and Roger Rosenberg; Trumpet: David Stahl, Danny Cahn and Steve Guttman; Trombone: Keith O’Quinn and Dale Kirkland; Bass Trombone: Jack Schatz; French Horn: Ann Yarbrough; Violin: David Niwa, Carlos Villa and Rebekah Johnson; Cello: Sarah Carter; Harp: Kathryn Easter; Bass: Ronald Raffio; Drums: Martin Fischer and Raymond Marchica; Percussion: Ian Finkel; Piano: Robert Hirschhorn and David Chase; Keyboard 2: Nancy Blair Wolfe; Replacement Trombone: Randall Andos and Replacement Violin: Elizabeth Chang.

National Tour

Damn Yankees (Broadway) Jerry LewisDAMN YANKEES toured North America from September 22, 1995 and closed on May 4, 1997

Produced by Workin’ Man Films, Inc. and PACE Theatrical Group, Inc. Originally produced by Old Globe Theatre (Jack O’Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)

Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop; Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; Lyrics by Richard Adler andJerry Ross; Based on the novel ‘The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant’ by Douglass Wallop; Book revisions by Jack O’Brien;

Directed by Jack O’Brien; Choreographed by Rob Marshall; Original choreography recreated by Joey Pizzi; Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Costume Design by David C. Woolard; Lighting Design by David F. Segal; Sound Design by Jonathan Deans; Hair Design by J. Roy Helland; Make-Up Design by J. Roy Helland; ‘Lola’ and ‘Gloria’ wigs by William Graham II; Music orchestrated by Douglas Besterman; Musical continuity and vocal arrangements by James Raitt; Dance arrangements by Tom Fay; Additional dance arrangements by David Krane; Musical Director: Robert Hirschhorn;

Starring Jerry Lewis (Applegate), Susan Bigelow (Meg Boyd), Mark Chmiel (Smokey / Voice of TV Sportscaster), David Elder (Joe Hardy), Linda Gabler (Gloria Thorpe), Louis D. Giovannetti (Sohovik / Voice of Narrator), Ned Hannah (Ozzie / Stadium P.A. Announcer / Play-by-Play Announcer / Lo-Tone), Dennis Kelly (Joe Boyd), Jamie Ross(Welch), Amy Ryder (Sister), Joseph R. Sicari (Van Buren), Valerie Wright (Lola), Mel Allen (Stadium Voice), Bradley Anderson (Rocky / Lo-Tone), Ricky Armstrong (Vernon), Karen Babcock (Kitty / Hi-Tone), Bill Brassea(Bubba), Bruce Anthony Davis (Henry), Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Donna / Hi-Tone), Michael Duran (Del / Ad Executive), John-Michael Flate (Mickey / Lo-Tone), Amelia Prentice (Rita), Julie Prosser (Lulu – Sep 22, 1995 – Mar 24, 1996 / Photographer – Sep 22, 1995 – Mar 24, 1996), Jim T. Ruttman (Bomber), Jill Slyter (Betty / Hi-Tone)

Swing: Rod McCune

Understudies: R. Bradley Anderson (Joe Hardy), Karen Babcock (Meg Boyd, Sister, Gloria Thorpe), Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Lola), Michael Duran (Joe Boyd, Welch, Van Buren), John-Michael Flate (Joe Hardy), Amelia Prentice (Meg Boyd, Sister), Julie Prosser (Sister) and Jamie Ross (Applegate, Van Buren)

Replacements

Replacement Cast: John-Michael Flate (Joe Hardy), Joy Franz (Meg Boyd), Ellen Grosso (Gloria Thorpe), Julie Prosser (Sister), Mark Esposito (Bomber), Jeffrey Hankinson (Henry), Mylinda Hull (Donna / Hi-Tone), Julie Janney (Lulu Photographer), Eric Leviton, Thea Mann (Rita), Richie Mastascusa (Bomber), Kevin Neil McCready (Mickey Lo-Tone), April Nixon (Lola Betty / Hi-Tone), Lyn Vaux (Lulu Photographer), Christopher Windom (Henry/ Swings: Susan Haefner and Robert Lambert

Replacement Understudies: Susan Haefner (Gloria Thorpe), Mylinda Hull (Lola), Julie Janney (Sister), Thea Mann(Meg Boyd, Sister), Kevin Neil McCready (Joe Hardy), April Nixon (Lola), Julie Prosser (Meg Boyd) and Lyn Vaux (Sister)

Associate Director: Will Roberson; Associate Choreographer: Kathleen Marshall; Associate Musical Director: Terry Farrow

General Manager: Charlotte W. Wilcox;Production Supervisor: Maureen F. Gibson; Technical Supervisor: Steve Cochrane; Assistant Stage Manager: Rod McCune;Casting: Jay Binder; National Press Representative: Peter Cromarty & Company; Marketing Director: Theresa Burton; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Online Inc.; Exclusive Tour Direction: The Booking Office, Inc.; Dance Captain: Rod McCune; Musical Coordinator: William Meade; Musical Supervisor: David Chase; Keyboard #1: Terry Farrow; Keyboard #2: Robert Bray; Drummer: Steve Bartosik; Trumpet #1: Steven Eidern

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Middle aged fan Joe Boyd, of the Washington Senators baseball team is approached by the devil who tells him he can be returned to a twenty year old and be given the skills to become the best baseball player the world has ever known . This way he will be able to play for the Senators and finally beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. However, there is a price to pay! He would have to give up his past life for good and give his soul to the devil . However, Joe refuses to sign the contract until the devil agrees to an escape clause. The clause, being that on a specific date and time he can choose to return to his former life or go with the devil . Reluctantly the devil agrees and finds he has to produce many temptations and tricks to prevent Joe choosing his former life when the deadline date arrives.

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