Paper Mill Playhouse's DAMN YANKEES to Play The 5th Avenue Theatre, 4/21-5/20
Damn Yankees is headed to The 5th Avenue Theatre! This musical comedy is the story of an aging baseball fan who makes a deal with the Devil so his beloved hometown team can beat the Yankees in the race for the pennant. From the songwriting team of The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees is filled with hit songs including "Two Lost Souls" and the sultry favorite, "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." The Paper Mill Playhouse production will slide into Seattle this April. The creative team includes direction by Mark S. Hoebee (Paper Mill's Producing Artistic Director), music direction by Ben Whiteley, and choreography by Denis Michael Jones.
"Damn Yankees is one of the great musicals of the Golden Era of Broadway," said 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. "We're very excited to bring this show to our stage for the first time, complete with major league talent from a mix of Broadway and Seattle musical theater all-stars."
This Faustian tale will feature a line-up of hitters from Seattle and Broadway including Hugh Hastings as aging baseball enthusiast Joe Boyd, Christopher Charles Wood as Young Joe Hardy, Patti Cohenour as the baseball widow Meg Boyd, Hans Altwies as Mr. Applegate (the Devil in disguise), and Chryssie Whitehead as the legendary seductress Lola. Allen Fitzpatrick and Nancy Anderson join the roster as Coach Benny Van Buren and Gloria Thorpe, ace reporter.
Damn Yankees plays April 21 – May 20, 2012 at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $19.00) may be purchased at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle.
Christopher Charles Wood is going to bat as young all-star Joe Hardy, the Senator's homerun hero. Wood recently starred as Melchior in the national tour of Spring Awakening and has enjoyed success performing in tours and regional houses across the nation in Curtains, Crazy For You, Gypsy, Annie, Smokey Joe's Café, Forever Plaid, The Rocky Horror Show, The Civil War, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, and Chicago, among others.
Tony and Drama Desk nominee (not to mention Pacific Northwest treasure) Patti Cohenour will play Meg Boyd, a wife deserted by her husband for the thrills of America's greatest pastime. This three-time Seattle Footlight Award-winner has a career spanning opera, Shakespeare, musical theater, and everything in between. She made her Broadway debut in A Doll's House and has since performed on the Great White Way as Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center, Mother Abbess in the 1997 Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River. At The 5th Avenue Theatre alone, her extensive credits include Sunday in the Park with George, The Wizard of Oz, The Most Happy Fella, 1776, and The Secret Garden.
The devil's seductress Lola will be played by saucy New York starlet Chryssie Whitehead. She recently appeared with Neil Patrick Harris in New York Philharmonic's production of Company, after having made her Broadway debut as Kristine in the revival of A Chorus Line. She has been featured on multiple TV series including Grey's Anatomy, The Mentalist, In Plain Sight, Boston Public, and many others. Whitehead's notable silver screen appearances include Revenge of the Bridesmaids and RiffRaff, as well as a turn as Julia Stiles' dance double in Save the Last Dance.