Photo Flash: 'Damn Yankees' at LA Reprise!
Reprise! Broadway's Best presents Damn Yankees through Sunday, November 25 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit www.reprise.org
Damn Yankees, which has music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott & Douglass Wallop, and is based on the novel "The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant," by Douglass Wallop, won seven 1956 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jason Alexander directs, Reprise! musical director Gerald Sternbach conducts, and the choreography is by Lee Martino. Damn Yankees is presented by special arrangement with Jeff Richards and James Fuld.
The authors of this classic musical have given Reprise! permission to update and adapt this classic musical and bring it forward in time from the mid-fifties to 1981, Los Angeles, where Joe (Ken Page), a middle aged man is endlessly frustrated that his beloved Dodgers are constantly thwarted by those well, damn Yankees.
"Desperate, Joe makes a deal with the devil, Applegate (Cleavant Derricks), to exchange his soul for becoming a youthful baseball star (Ty Taylor) leading his team towards the pennant. In the battle of fantasy vs. true love, Joe finds he misses his wife Meg (Armelia McQueen) more and more when Applegate sends in his secret weapon the irresistible temptress Lola (Meg Gillentine). 'Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets' she sings but does she? And does Joe lead Dodger Blue to victory before the devil owns him for eternity?" explain press notes.
Show times are Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8PM (No performance Thursday November 22); Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 2PM & 7PM through Sunday, November 18. Thanksgiving week performance is Tuesday-Wednesday 8PM, Friday-Saturday 2PM & 8PM and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2PM.
Tickets are $70 - $75. A limited number of on stage seats will be available for each performance for $35. Student/Senior rush is $20, 15 minutes before showtime (subject to availability). For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101. For further information on Reprise! Broadway's Best, please visit www.reprise.org.
Photos by Michael Lamont
Hassan El-Amin (center) as Coach Burns with the team
(back row, l-r): Ken Page and Armelia McQueen as Joe and Meg Boyd, Lillias White as Dory and Jackée Harry as Sister, Lesli Marghertia as Gloria Thorpe and Hassan El-Amin as Coach Burns. (front row, l-r): Cleavant Derricks as Applegate and Meg Gillentine as Lola, Ty Taylor as Joe Hardy
Cleavant Derricks as Applegate