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Damn Yankees

June 22 – July 8, 2006

Book by Douglass Wallop and George Abbott

Lyrics and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

Originally Staged by George Abbott

Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Based on the book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop

Opened at 46th Street theater on Broadway May 5, 1955 and ran 1019 performances


DAMN YANKEES is the only successful musical comedy built around the American national pastime of baseball--the baseball story neatly combined with the age-old Faust theme. Joe Hardy is a middle-aged, happily married baseball fan. He is found in his living-room watching a game over the television. Joe is in the depths of despair, for his favorite team, the Washington Senators, seems incapable of getting a winning stride. Suddenly the devil, in the person of Applegate, visits him with a proposition: Would Joe be willing to trade his soul if the Senators won not only the pennant but also the World Series? Joe is more than willing; he has never put much stock in his soul in the first place. Suddenly Joe sheds years. More than that, he has magically acquired singular powers as a baseball player. Meanwhile, Van Buren, manager of the Senators, tries to build up his team's morale ("Heart"). It is a hopeless job, for the Senators can hardly expect that their new rookie, Joe Hardy, could be of any use in lifting them from their habitual doldrums. But Joe proves the spark plug necessary to send the team flying at full speed for victory after victory.

Things may be rosy for the team, but Joe is in black despair. He misses his wife, Meg, sorely. His conscience also bothers him: he has disappeared from home without leaving a clue to his whereabouts. He tries to lift his spirits by renting a room in her house just to be near her. But this only tantalizes him further, since he is unable to tell Meg that he is really her husband, alive and well.

Applegate, alias the devil, once again steps into the picture. In an effort to win Joe completely away from his wife, Applegate enlists the services of Lola, a beautiful witch, to capture Joe's heart. Lola coquettishly tells Joe that she is in the habit of getting anything she goes after ("Whatever Lola Wants"). She then performs a seductive mambo ("Who's Got the Pain?").

The Washington Senators, with Joe as star, come out on top in their league. The World Series is at hand. Despite the team's success, and despite Lola's wiles, Joe misses his wife and wants to get back to her. Suddenly he realizes that if he does not play in the World Series the Senators cannot win; and if the Senators cannot win the World Series his bargain with the devil is broken. Thus Joe manages to keep his soul, lose Lola, return once again to his wife and once again assume the unexciting identity of a middle-aged baseball fan.


Song List

  • Overture
  • Six Months Out Of Every Year
  • Goodbye, Old Girl
  • Heart
  • Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo.
  • A Man Doesn't Know
  • A Little Brains, A Little Talent
  • Whatever Lola Wants
  • Who's Got The Pain?
  • The Game
  • Near To You
  • Those Were The Good Old Days
  • Two Lost Souls


Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Choreography



Henry - Benjamin Panzarino
Smokey - Billy Dempster
Rocky - Brendan Padgett
Gloria Thorpe - Bridget E. Krompinger
Doris Miller - Dolly Conner
Betty - Erin McDonald
June - Jessica Alex
Meg Boyd - Jody Bayer
Vernon - John Curran
Kitty - Kate Valiska
Joe Boyd - Leo Brown
Joe Hardy - Matt Schmiedel
Bomber - Matthew Farina
Mr. Welch - Mike Lozier
Mickey - Mike Tedaldi
Sister Miller - Nancy Edwards
Ozzie - Nick Petrovich
Sohovik - Patrick Zaia
Bubba - Robert Sniffin
Lola - Shannon MacKeil
Mr. Applegate - Stephen DiRocco
Bat Boy - Stephen Papallo
Benny VanBuren - Stephen Sedlak
Linville - Stephen Papallo



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