Photo Coverage: Damn Yankees Opening Night NY City Center
On July 10th, 2008 the musical Damn Yankees, running at New York City Center (55th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues) officially opened. Damn Yankees is directed by John Rando and has Music Direction by Rob Berman and the original Bob Fosse choreography recreated by Mary MacLeod. Damn Yankees has music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and is based on Wallop's novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant." It is the story of Joe Boyd (P. J. Benjamin), the ultimate baseball fan, who sells his soul to the Devil (Sean Hayes) for the chance to help his team win the pennant race against the Yankees. The Devil is aided by the sexy Lola (Jane Krakowski), who seduces a now younger, physically transformed Joe (Cheyenne Jackson), but ultimately helps him outsmart the Devil and return to his beloved wife (Randy Graff).
Damn Yankees opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre on May 5, 1955, and ran for 1019 performances, winning four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Bob Fosse), Best Actor (Ray Walton) and Best Actress (Gwen Verdon). Songs include "Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants."
The complete cast is: Sean Hayes,Jane Krakowski, Cheyenne Jackson,Randy Graff, Michael Mulheren, Veanne Cox, P.J. Benjamin,Megan Lawrence,Robert Creighton,Jimmy Smagula, Kathy Fitzgerald,John Horton,John Selya, with Nathan Balser, David Baum, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Rachel Coloff, Anderson Davis, Marya Grandy,Shannon Lewis, Jay Lusteck, Pamela Otterson, Adam Perry, Karine Plantadit, T. Oliver Reid, Jon Rua,Stacey Sargeant, Alexander Scheitinger, Chandra Lee Schwartz, Baron Vaughn and Cody Ryan. Wise.
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Photo by Linda Lenzi
Randy Graff (Meg Boyd) and Damn Yankees cast members
Cheyenne Jackson (Joe Hardy) and Damn Yankees cast members
Cheyenne Jackson and Damn Yankees cast members
Sean Hayes (Applegate) with Damn Yankees cast members
Damn Yankees cast sings "Heart"
Kathy Fitzgerald, Pamela Otterson, Michael Mulheren, Stacey Sargeant, Megan Lawrence, P.J. Benjamin, Randy Graff, Marya Grandy, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Jane Krakowski, Sean Hayes, Cheyenne Jackson, Shannon Lewis and Robert Creighton
Rob Berman (Music Director and Conductor)
P.J. Benjamin (Joe Boyd)
Randy Graff (Meg Boyd)
Sean Hayes (Applegate)
Jane Krakowski (Lola)
Cheyenne Jackson (Joe Hardy)
Megan Lawrence (Gloria Thorpe)
Shannon Bolin (The OBC, Meg Boyd) and Rae Allen (The OBC, Gloria Thorpe)
Tina Fey (NBC's 30 Rock)
Pamela Otterson (Ensemble), Alexander Scheitinger (Ensemble), Rachel Coloff (Miss Western/Ensemble) and Cody Ryan Wise (Ensemble)
Karine Plantadit (Ensemble) and Stacey Sargeant (Ensemble)