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Damn Yankees

New York run: 46th Street Theatre, May 5, 1955
Based on the novel by DOUGLASS WALLOP
The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant

Music and Lyrics by RICHARD ADLER and JERRY ROSS
Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP (RICHARD BISSELL uncredited)

Plot Synopsis

Damn Yankees is about a fanatic, middle-aged, Washington Senators' fan who keeps glued to his T.V. set during the baseball season. The distraught real estate agent rants against the Yankees who are clobbering the league's clubs, including his beloved Senators. In an impulsive oath, he says he would sell his soul if he could just stop those Yankees. A happily cynical Devil appears and the fan is transformed into something the Senators need: a young, phenomenal, long-ball hitter.

Joe Boyd becomes Joe Hardy, the sensation of the leagues, leading his team as they rise in the league standings. This newcomer with his success is the target for speculation by the press. As a safety precaution to keep Joe in line and to cure his unexpected loneliness for his wife, the Devil introduces Joe to Lola, his prize powerful weapon. However, when the Devil is ready for Joe to live up to his end of the bargain, Joe outwits him in the final moments of the big game.

 

Batting Order (a.k.a. Songs from the Show)

Game 1  
Overture Orchestra
Six Months Out of Every Year Meg, Joe Boyd, Guys, Gals
Goodbye, Old Girl Joe Boyd, Joe Hardy
Heart Van Buren, Rocky, Smokey, Linville
Heart (Encore) The Team
Shoeless Joe Gloria Thorpe, The Team
A Man Doesn't Know Joe Hardy
A Little Brains, A Little Talent Lola
A Man Doesn't Know (Reprise) Joe Hardy, Meg
Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) Lola
Heart (Reprise) Sister, 3 children
Who's Got The Pain Lola, Eddie
Game 2  
The Game Rocky, Smokey, The Team
Near to You Joe Hardy, Meg
Those Were The Good Old Days Applegate
Two Lost Souls Lola, Joe Hardy
A Man Doesn't Know Meg, Joe Hardy
Heart (Finale) Company

 

2004-2005 Production

Performed March 4-12, 2005 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

 

Cast

Joe Boyd Jim Robertson
Joe Hardy Ben Nowell
Meg Boyd Joyce Landry
Lola Noni Lazaar
Mr. Applegate Dennis Van Staalduinen
Van Buren Charles Russell
Rocky Chris Beck
Smokey Rob Singlehurst
Vernon Doug Thicke
Gloria Roxane Delisle
Sister Sue McGahey
Doris Sharron McGuirl
Eddie Andrew Wiseman
Miss Weston Elizabeth Bowie
Miss Weston's Assistant Linda Webster
Lynch Walt Conrad
Welch Jim Morrison
Commissioner Lindsay Hill
Postmaster Harvey Rule
Guard Tim Hillock
Sohovic Dan Boucher
Henry Pino DiCorato
CHORUS Cara Bentley, Sean Brennan, Matt Burns, Meredith Dixon, Kelly Fong, Michael Gauthier, Gordon Guest, Diana Mills, Kamika Peters, Helen Prochazka, Megan Robinson, Jackie Roy, Philip Sockett, Iesha Williams

 

Orchestra

Under the direction of John McGovern

Violins Ioan Harea, Brigitte Amyot, Nancy Eadie
Viola Janet Roy
Cello Steve Smith
Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet/Alto Sax Mike Mullin
Clarinet/Tenor Sax Andre Frechette
Oboe/English Horn/Clarinet Angela Casagrande
Clarinet/Tenor Sax Brian Boggs
Bass Clarinet/Clarinet/Baritone Sax David Renaud
French Horn Keith Estabrooks
Trumpets Carmelo Scaffidi, Ken Iles
Trombones Drummond Hudson, Marlene Hudson
Bass Sol Gunner
Keyboard Teresa van den Boogaard
Percussion Art Beers

 

Production Team

Artistic Director Bob Lackey
Musical Director John McGovern
Choreographer Derek Eyamie
Executive Producer Lena Triebe
Production Coordinator Judy Froome
Stage Manager Paul Arbour
Assistant Stage Managers Kathleen Arbour, Shona Woodland
Technical Director John Solman
Set Designer Jennifer Donnelly
Costume Designer Joy Lackey
Wardrobe Mistress Cheryl Sheffer
Costume Production Manager Sandi Mish
Lighting Designer Rob Puchyr
Sound Designer John Cybanski
Properties Designer Patti Mordasewicz
Make-Up Designer Tracey Lahey
Hair Designer Kyle Albert
Master Carpenters Peter Wilson, Tom Mordasewicz
Scenic Artist Klaas van Weringh
Accompanist Teresa van den Boogaard
Audition Accompanist Paul Legault
Production Assistant Reba Sigler
Social Convenor Ann Ricard
Apprentice Directors Judy Follett-Johns, Cindy Beaton
Assistant Director Howard Kaplan

 

1986-1987 Production

Performed May 29-June 6, 1987 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa

 

The Team (a.k.a. Cast)

Joe Boyd Les Gallagher
Joe Hardy Jamie Patterson
Meg Boyd Cheryl Trudeau
Mr. Applegate Des Gibson
Sister Eleanore Warren
Doris Robin Monaghan
Gloria Thorpe Joyce Landry
Welch Jim Robertson
Lola Dianna Reneacutee Yorke
Van Buren Walt Conrad
BALL TEAM  
Linville Ashley Coventry
Smokey Paul D'Andrea
Rocky Bob Gould
Sohovik Alan Mainguy
Henry Eugene Oscapella
Mickey Stewart Bain
Del Phil Italiano
Jim Sam Smith
Al Brian Levesque
Nat Wayne McNamara
Vernon Barry Daley
Pete Moss/Eddie Chris Amott
REPORTERS  
Lynch Don Palmer
Lowe Brian Schecter
Strane Ted Metelnick
Bouley Brian Levesque
TOWNSPEOPLE  
Commissioner Steve Kerstetter
Postmaster Moe Romanow
Miss Weston Judi Cragg
Hearn/Guard Melodie MacDonald
Amanda B. Reckonwith Jacki Campeau
TEENAGERS Karen Edge, Kate Macdonald, Andrea Phillips, Shaun Courtney, Chris Rader, Glen Watson
CHILDREN Jonathan Gould, Josh Lovejoy, Michael Chaiton
DANCERS Carole Billingham, Nancy Egan, Darcia Kember

 

The Bullpen (a.k.a. Orchestra)

Trombones Drummond Hudson, Marlene Field
Trumpets Sid Holmes, Chris Lane
Reeds Liliane Depocas, Mike Scorah, Pat Kent, mDuke McGuirl, Gordon Richards
Violins Irving Thompson, Neila Peach, Florence Dunne, Joan Harea, John Pohran
Viola Elaine Miliquet
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Jamie Gatti
Piano Lorna Rice
Percussion Art Beers
French Horn Brenda Cook
Guitar/Banjo Rod Ellias

 

Coaching Staff & Stadium Personnel (a.k.a. Production Personnel)

Artistic Director Mark Morton
Musical Director Neil Bateman
Choreographer Debbie Miller-Smith
Producer Malvary J. Cole
Assistant to Director Donna Murdoch
Stage Manager Terry Moran
Assistant Stage Manager Gerry Reynolds
Set Designer Margaret Coderre-Williams
Scenic Artist Jeanie Stewart
Costume Designer Bev Whitehead
Lighting Designer David Magladry
Properties Mistress Patti Mordasewicz
Hair Stylist Cher Daley
Master Carpenter Gerry Reynolds
Workshop Chairman Lawrence Watkins
Accompanist Lorna Rice

 

 

1958-1959 Production

 

Cast

Joe Boyd David Hayes
Meg Boyd Olive Kablak
Mr. Applegate Des Gibson
Sister Elsa Pickthorne
Doris Jean Sholds
Joe Hardy Pierre Landry
Henry George Bloom
Sohovik David Dale
Smokey Abe Lipson
Vernon Bob Knapp
Van Buren Jim Harker
Rocky Peter Jennings
Gloria Thorpe Betty Gibson
Lynch Bill Lawlor
Welch Earl Smythe
Lola Joanne Ashe
Miss Weston Lois Culpan
Commissioner Bob Edgington
Witch Mary Barrette
Postmaster George Bloom
Eddie David Moroni
TEENAGERS Madeleine Gratton, Dorothy Wheeler, Ingrid Gluzman, Harriette Louis, Sharon Hall
GIRLS Dorothy Gough, Marion Wilcox, Ruth Argue, Jean Halley, Mary Barrette, Audrey Jordan, Norma Coll, Jean Wheeler, Madeleine Gratton, Joyce Pattie
BOYS Derek Clark, Orrin Clayton, Bruce Patenaude, Michael Rees, Brian Gordon, Keith Harris, Donald, Duff, Eugene David
DANCERS Beverley Bourguignon, Paulette St. Amour, Gayle Lepine, Joanne Ashe, Judy Hayes, Gay Weir, Edward Osborne, Keith Harris, Fred Braun, Horst Linder, David Moroni, Peter Jennings

 

Orchestra

TBD

 

Production Team

Dramatic Director Bill Glenn
Musical Director E.J. Robbins
Accompanist Winnifred Canty
Ass't Accompanist Percy Scobie
Choreographer Nesta Toumine
Producer Malvary J. Cole
Scenery Directors Ted Fancott and Kay Connor
Stage Manager Jack Dacey
Assistant to Mr. Glenn Nancy Turner
Lighting Roy Sylvester
House Manager K.L. Meyer
Assistant House Manager Des Arthur
Business Manager John McGuire

 

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