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By MICHAEL LOPERGOLO Staff Writer
It was an all too familiar situation for the cast of ‘Damn Yankees’, on Monday February 7, as newcomers and veterans of the Guaraccini stage met up for the first read through.
Happy reuinions were cut short as the cast and crew, gathered around the stage to begin the long rigorous days of choreography andsinging that will ultimately lead up to the final product in April. “The cast is amazingly talented.” said newcomer Catherine Kennedy, “This is my first production with CCC, and everyone is so accepting and welcoming. I’ve already made a lot of new and awesome friends”.
Based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglas Wallop ,
‘Damn Yankees’ is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950’s in Washington D.C. When Major League Baseball was dominated by the New York Yankees. The story tells of Joe Boyd a middle aged husband who is offered a chance to be a Major League Baseball super star if he sells his soul to the devil. Joe is then transformed into young Joe Hardy and is immediately recruited by the Washington Senators. But now that Joe has everything he’s wanted he must decided between his modest lifestyle and loving wife and his new life of fame and fortune, and whether the consequences are worth it.
The show originally premiered on Broadway on May 5, 1955, and ran for a total of 1,019 performances., The production starred Gwen Verdon in the role of Lola and Ray Waston as Applegate (the Devil). The musical also featured Jean Stapleton,, who was also known for her role as Edith Bunker on ‘All in The Family’. A Broadway revivalpened at the Marquis Theater on March 3, 1994 and ran for 718 performances.
Bebe Neuworth and Jerry Lewis played the parts of Lola and Applegate respectively. Some notable songs from the show include “Heart”, “ Shoeless Joe”, and “Goodbye Old Wife”. The original production had won the Tony Award for Best Musical, and its revival earned the Tony for best revival of a musical.
If you go…
Damn Yankees will premiere on April 14 at 8:00 p.m., 15 at 8:00 p.m., 16 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p,m., and 17 at 3:00 p.m. . Tickets can be purchased now at the Fine Performing Arts Center box office. For more information contact the box office 856-692-8499 or visit http://www.cccnj.edu.