Darius de Haas and Ira Hawkins Join 'Damn Yankees' Cast

Donna Trinkoff, Producing Artistic Director of Amas Musical Theatre, announced that Darius de Haas and Ira Hawkins have joined the all-star line-up appearing in "DAMN YANKEES" which will be presented in a 90-minute concert version during Amas' third "BLAST FROM THE PAST" Benefit on Monday, November 14th.

"DAMN YANKEES", which will be set during the Negro Leagues post WWII,  stars Tony winner Sara Ramirez (Spamalot) and Tamara Tunie (Julius Caesar, Law & Order SVU, As The World Turns) as dueling Lolas fighting over two Joe Hardys played by Rodney Hicks (Rent) and Darius de Haas (Marie Christine, Rent, Carousel), with Alton F. White (Ragtime, Lion King) as the devilish Mr. Applegate), Ira Hawkins (Caroline or Change at The Public, Honky Tonk Nights, Timbuktu, Tap Dance Kid) as the Coach, Ken Prymus (Ain't Misbehavin', Cats) as Older Joe, Vivian Reed (Marie Christine, Bubbling Brown Sugar) as his wife Meg, Tina Fabrique (Ragtime, Noise Funk, Dessa Rose) as Sister and Rob Evan (Jekyll and Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors) as Mr. Welch, with Wayne W. Pretlow, Raun Ruffin, Eric Anthony, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Rob Evan, Stacey Sargeant, Christine Clemons, Amber Efe, Britton Jones, Kevin Anthony, Michael A. Blackmon and Delance Minefee.   The concert presentation of DAMN YANKEES will be directed and choreographed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj with music direction by Charles Creath.   The original production, which opened on Broadway in 1955 and played 1019 performances, starred Gwen Verdon as Lola.   The musical has a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and Lyrics by Mr. Adler and Mr. Ross.

This year, Amas will present The "Rosie" Awards (named for founder Rosetta LeNoire) to Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams and to The JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and will present The Ossie Davis Award for Inspirational Leadership to Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New York Yankees.   Maurice Hines will present the awards to this year's honorees.  Leslie Uggams won the Tony Award for Hallelujah Baby! and was nominated for another Tony recently for her role in King Hedley II.

The Blast from the Past Gala Benefit evening begins at the Lucille Lortel Theatre,
121 Christopher Street
, at 7 PM, followed by a buffet dinner, auction and raffle at The Garage (
99 Seventh Avenue South
). Benefit ticket prices range from $125 (performance only) to $500 (cocktails, premium performance seats and buffet dinner). For tickets, call (212) 563-2565 or go to www.theatermania.com.

The Amas Blast from the Past Benefit is an annual event held to raise funds in support of Amas Musical Theatre's ongoing theatre and arts education programs.

 

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