Damn Yankees Pittsburgh Tickets
Damn Yankees Pittsburgh
Damn Yankees, the Faustian musical about a baseball fan who sells his soul to the devil for a win, is making waves in Pittsburgh. With beloved hits like “Whatever Lola Wants” and “You Gotta Have Heart,” it is a must-see for theater and baseball fans alike.
About the Show
Middle-aged, overweight and bored with life, Joe Boyd’s favorite distraction is baseball. However, his favorite team, the Washington Senators, is suffering a prolonged losing streak. Out of desperation, Joe vows he will sell his soul to see his team win the pennant. When the devil, disguised as an oily salesman named Applegate, appears with that very offer, Joe accepts. If Joe can help his team win the pennant and get back home by the last day of the season, he can keep his soul. If not, it’s the devil’s to keep.
What happens next is a journey of love that triumphs over temptation and indulges in a bit of magical fantasy, show-stopping tunes and delightful choreography along the way.
The Original Musical
Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees’ background unfolds like a Broadway who’s who. George Abbot collaborated with Wallop to develop the musical’s book, with words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Bob Fosse provided the choreography. Damn Yankees opened on Broadway at what is now the Richard Rodgers Theatre on W. 46th Street on May 5, 1955, and ran for 1,019 performances.
The original cast featured Ray Walston, Stephen Douglass, Shannon Bolin, Rae Allen, Russ Brown, Gwen Verdon, Nathaniel Frey and Robert Shafer in major roles. In 1956, it garnered Tony Award wins for Best Actor in a Musical for Ray Walston, Best Actress in a Musical for Gwen Verdon, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Russ Brown and Best Choreography for Bob Fosse.
Film and television actors who’ve appeared in revivals of the show include Bebe Neuwirth and Jane Krakowski in the role of Lola, and Sean Hayes, Victor Garber and Jerry Lewis in the role of Applegate. Broadway actors Megan Lawrence, Randy Graff and Cheyenne Jackson also appeared in revivals. Other notable cast members include Vincent Price as Applegate, during a summer stock production and legendary quarterback Joe Namath in the role of Joe Boyd, in a regional production.
Damn Yankees is a Broadway classic playing in Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Benedum Center. Get your tickets for the show at StubHub.
In 1967, a TV movie version was broadcast with Phil Silvers playing Applegate, Lee Remick as Lola and Ray Middleton as Joe Boyd.
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