Damn Yankees to be revived at the Landor Theatre
The classic Broadway and Tony-award winning musical Damn Yankees, will be revived at the Landor Theatre, a fringe venue in Clapham, south London, from 1 October to 8 November 2014.
The show, which is based on the novel 'The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant', will be directed by Robert McWhir, with choreography by Robbie O’Reilly, lighting by Richard Lambert and costume design by Nina Morley. Words and music are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop.
Synopsis: "When a devilish dealmaker offers Joe Boyd the chance to help the Washington Senators, his beloved baseball team, to win the Pennant race against those ‘Damn Yankees’, Joe takes it. But, as the Senators’ stats soar, Joe realises he's losing his wife and looks for a loophole. Enter sizzling-hot temptress Lola - a founding member of the Home Wreckers Hall of Fame. Who will win?"
With 2014 marking the 75th anniversary of baseball player Lou Gehrig's retirement, this production is being staged in recognition of his bravery and achievements. Gehrig suffered from motor neurone disease, also known ALS, which has recently received worldwide news coverage due to the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Damn Yankees original Broadway production won the Tony Award in 1956 for Best New Musical, and ran for 1,019 performances. The musical was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award following a West End run at the Adelphi Theatre in 1997, and received its London fringe premiere at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley, south east London, in April of this year.