Bobby Steggert, Santino Fontana, Nellie McKay to Lead New York YANK! Workshop; Aiming for Broadway Run!
Yank!, which played the York Theatre off Broadway in the 2009-2010 season and which has an eye for Broadway will be given a workshop this fall in NYC, backed by the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The workshop will run from October 24 through November 17, 2011.
Director David Cromer told the NYT: "It's ultimately the same story as seen before, but David and Joe have made the joyous parts more explosive, and the painful love story even more powerful."
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Yank! last received a workshop at the Roundabout Theatre this past February, led by Bobby Steggert, who also starred in the original York production. Additional New York cast members who participated in the Roundabout event included Santino Fontana, Morgan Spector, Michael Berresse, Nellie McKay, Jeff Hiller, Tally Sessions, Colt Prattes, Derrick Trumbly, Jeremy Cohen, Tyler Maynard, Cole Escola, Brad Bass, Cody Williamsand Colin Bradbury.
David Cromer, who directed the last incarnation, will also direct The Old Globe workshop. The creative team features music by Joseph Zellnik, book and lyrics by David Zellnik, choreography by Jeffry Denman, and musical direction by Rob Berman.
Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the romantic relationship between two servicemen long before don't-ask-don't-tell was part of the national discussion. With a lively score inspired by the pop sounds of the 1940s, Yank! captures the spirit and exuberance of the era even as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival. It tells the story of Stu-a photographer for Yank magazine-and Mitch, an Army Private, who fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against them.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg