Musical Theater West will present DAMN YANKEES in October


Beat you ! Baseball is back, and so is the latest production of West Musical Theater. The Long Beach Premier Theater Company has announced the return of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical Damn Yankees to its stage for select nights Oct. 14-30. Telling the story of a man who risks his life, his wife and his soul in the hope that his favorite team wins, Damn Yankees is sure to delight sports and theater fans alike. Tickets range from $20 to $96 each and are available by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at

Based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees is a Broadway mega-hit and has won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical debuted in 1955 and tells the story of a middle-aged baseball fanatic, Joe Boyd, who trades his soul with the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the race. at the pennants against the New York Yankees. Adler and Ross’ winning score and a diabolical book by George Abbot made this sports musical a true American classic.

“For the first time in a long time, Musical Theater West is sticking to the original production to present the classic musical in all its glory,” said Paul Garman, Executive Director of Musical Theater West. “We thought it was time to bring back Damn Yankees, which is a national treasure and perfect for Halloween and baseball season. We hope everyone will join us for a night of fanatical entertainment, theatergoers to sports fans and everyone in between.”

Damn Yankees were last on the MTW scene in 1996, a year the New York Yankees won the World Series. Featuring crowd favorites like “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO.”, “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets”, Damn Yankees is a Faustian fun-fest that celebrates love, baseball and love. importance of a saving clause. Fans can represent their favorite sports team for the All Star theme night while enjoying a special performance performed in ASL on Friday, October 21 and enter a “Date with the Devil” costume contest on Friday, October 28.

This classic production will be directed by director, actress and Musical Theater West alumna Cynthia Ferrer, who was last seen on the MTW stage as Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Musical direction will be provided by Matthew Smedal, whose credits include musical director and conductor of Jerry Zaks’ Broadway musical Mrs. Doubtfire at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The devilish dance moves will be choreographed by the talented Alexis Carra Girbés, who has been seen as Sherry in the “Fosse/Verdon” miniseries as well as on and off Broadway in shows such as Wicked, Sweet Charity, Fosse (1st National Tour) and The Pirate Queen.

The Damn Yankees Long Beach premiere will take place on select dates, October 14-30, 2022 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Tickets are currently priced from $20 to $96, available for purchase by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at Charges may apply. More information, a full performance lineup and additional details can be found at®id=9&


The story of Musical Theater West is the 70-year journey from a group of volunteers performing in a high school auditorium to one of Southern California’s largest and most respected theater production companies. Utilizing professional talent and producing regional and even global musicals while continuing to honor the tradition of classic musical theater, MTW is the largest artistic producer in the Long Beach area. The company continues to receive critical acclaim and national recognition – and many performers who cut their teeth on the MTW stage have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, television and film. Equally important, stage and screen veterans now come to Musical Theater West to perform, finding it one of the friendliest and most fun places to work. A key aspect of the company is its dedication to education, and education and awareness Musical Theater West’s programs bring the joy and magic of musical theater to more than 17,000 children each year through morning performances. shows, traveling shows and school assemblies, as well as the Summer Conservatory for young people. Musical Theater West’s mission is to enrich the community with quality Broadway productions, to preserve musical theater as a uniquely American art form, and to expose people of all backgrounds to the excitement of musical theatre.


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