That’s the ticket
What: DMTC’s “Damn Yankees”
When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 24-March 18
Where: DMTC’s Hoblit Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis
Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org or (530) 756-3868
It’s not quite baseball season yet, but a team of diamond dandies will take the stage next weeked in the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s production of “Damn Yankees.”
The show is a Broadway blockbuster about a floundering baseball team that has little chance of winning the pennant without some underworld assistance. It plays at the DMTC Performing Arts Theater, 607 Peña Drive, from Feb. 24 through March 18.
The show is directed and choreographed by Rand Martin, with additional choreography by Jenny Plasse (in her DMTC main stage choreography debut). Musical direction is by Steve Isaacson and Chris Congdon.
After the success of “The Pajama Game” on Broadway, the composer-lyricist team Richard Adler and Jerry Ross was looking for its next conquest on Broadway. At the time, the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball and the motto for frustrated coaches, owners and fans alike became “Beat those Damn Yankees.”
With this mantra and the successful novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” as the basis, the musical “Damn Yankees” was born. It is a modern retelling of the Faust story about a middle-aged man so frustrated by the defeats of his beloved baseball team that he is willing to sell his soul to save the team.
A smooth-talking salesman, better known as the Devil, takes this fan up on his offer and transforms him into a young baseball phenomenon who leads the team from the bottom of the heap to the top. But while the team’s prayers are answered, they come with dire consequences for the fan.
“Damn Yankees” opened on Broadway in May 1955 and ran for 1,019 performances. The original production starred Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston as the smooth-talking Applegate and Jean Stapleton.
The show spawned hits like “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Heart.” It was the Tony winner for best musical in 1956 and took home six other Tonys that year.
Curtain times are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and seniors and $14 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682.