Cast of YANK! to Reunite for CD Launch at York Theatre, 2/24
The celebration will include Yank! composers Joe Zellnik (music), and David Zellnik (book & lyrics), who will be joined by cast members Bobby Steggert, Jeffrey Denman, Tally Sessions, Christopher Ruth, Zak Edwards, Christopher Ruth, and the creative team that includes Jonathan Tunick (orchestrator), James Morgan (Producing Artistic Director at the York Theatre), and the album's Executive Producers.
Yank! is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940's Broadway. The show tells the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who becomes a reporter for (the real) Army magazine Yank, faces his fear in battle, and perhaps even scarier for him, finds love with a fellow soldier named Mitch. With a lively score inspired by the theatre and pop sounds of the 1940's, the show captures the spirit and exuberance of the World War II era even as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival. Yank! enjoyed critical and popular success during its twice-extended run at the York Theatre Company in 2010, receiving seven Drama Desk nominations, three Outer Critics' Circle nominations, and two Lucille Lortel nominations -- all including Best Musical.
The release party will give the cast and creative team an opportunity to celebrate with some of the hundreds of small donors who contributed to Yank!'s successful Kickstarter campaign this past summer. Without the overwhelming and immediate support from its fans, the long-delayed cast album never would have been a reality.
Nearly all of the performers from the York Theatre production returned for the recording, led by Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Big Fish, Mothers and Sons), Ivan Hernandez (Into the Woods), Nancy Anderson (Far From Heaven) and Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, Passion). They were joined by Tally Sessions, David Perlman, Chris Ruth, Joseph Medeiros, Zak Edwards and Todd Faulkner. Ross Lekites replaced Andrew Durant, who was unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts. Director Igor Goldin returned as well, to help the reunited cast polish their performances.
All new ten-piece orchestrations were created just for the recording by Tony, Academy, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning orchestrator Jonathan Tunick (Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company, Nine, Titanic, Pacific Overtures, Into the Woods A Catered Affair, Promises, Promises, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder). The Music Director was Rob Berman, (Encores!) who has been a part of the Yank! family since its premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005.