Beat you ! Baseball is back, and so is Musical Theater West’s latest production. Long Beach’s premier theater company presents the seven-time Tony award-winning musical Damn Yankees through Oct. 30 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Long Beach campus. See photos from the red carpet below!
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 musical.org.
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.
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 is 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 is provided by Matthew Smedal, whose credits include musical director and bandleader of Jerry Zaks’ Broadway musical Mrs. Doubtfire at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The devilish dance moves are 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 Tour national) and The Pirate Queen.