New musical Yank! transfers to the Charing Cross Theatre this summer

The off-Broadway hit transfers from Manchester's Hope Theatre.

Yank Musical Charing Cross Theatre

It has been announced that the new musical Yank! a World War Two Love Story will transfer from Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre to London's Charing Cross Theatre for a limited run this summer from 3 July to 19 August 2017, with an official opening on 10 July.

Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Ben Millerman the UK premiere of this off-Broadway musical originally ran this Easter in Manchester.

Directed by James Baker it features musical direction by James Cleeve and choreography by Chris Cuming.

"The musical begins with a young man in present-day San Francisco who finds an old diary in a junk shop. Through the journal we learn the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted in 1943, and who – like most guys – spends Basic Training wrestling with fears of whether he “has what it takes” to make it in the Army. But unlike most guys, Stu also falls in love with a fellow Private, a handsome All-American guy named Mitch."

The musical explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.

Yank was originally written in 2005 and features book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by Joseph Zellnik. It originally premiered in a workshop production as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005 and after development ran off-Broadway at the York Theatre in March 2010.

Yank! tickets at the Charing Cross Theatre are now on sale.

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