Damn Yankees

Tis the season for shopping and holiday musicals. Or, in the case of YES, VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL… the combination of the two! In case you missed it, YES, VIRGINIA is a brand new musical that Macy’s created to build their holiday brand through…our nearest and dearest art form… musical theater! I’m raising a glass of [...]

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I was sorry to learn that Richard Adler died on June 21. Ninety is a ripe old age, of course, but seeing another stalwart of The Golden Age of Musical Theatre leave us is never easy. What Adler accomplished in the ’50s will never be accomplished again by any composer-lyricist. In the span of less [...]

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The recent Paper Mill Playhouse production of DAMN YANKEES was so nice that I saw it twice. (Those in Seattle will be able to catch this production from April 21 to May 20, 2012.) That the original script was used – and not the erratic one that Jack O’Brien adapted for the 1994 Broadway revival [...]

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DAMN YANKEES features a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, a team also remembered fondly for their musical THE PAJAMA GAME. “Faust meets baseball” in this fun and touching show based on Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. Die-hard Washington Senators fan [...]

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JEKYLL & HYDE: This timeless tale of duality is a perfect metaphor for Halloween – a night when the mischievous imp in all of us holds sway.  Only, in Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse’s Tony nominated Broadway musical, mild-mannered Dr. Henry Jekyll’s alter ego, Edward Hyde, doesn’t just emerge once a year.  Wildhorn’s rock-pop score [...]