Book by GEORGE ABBOTT and DOUGLASS WALLOP
Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”
FEATURING THE AMAS TEEN ACADEMY
Directed by Christopher Scott, Music Direction by Wesley Matthews
Choreography by Monica Celeste Johnson
At the LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street (bet. 1st & 2nd Avenues)
May 6 –15, 2011
New York: Amas Musical Theatre’s Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy (Donna Trinkoff, Producing Artistic Director) will present the American musical comedy classic Damn Yankees, words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, based on the novel by Douglass Wallop “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant”. Damn Yankees will open on Friday, May 6 and run through the 15th at the LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street.
Damn Yankees is the 1950’s retelling of the Faustian legend in which a long-suffering baseball fan sells his soul to the devil for a chance to beat the hated New York Yankees.“We’re thrilled to be showcasing our talented students in this exceptional musical”, says Amas Producing Artistic Director Donna Trinkoff. “Not only does it tell a wonderful, heartwarming story, it has one of the great musical comedy scores of the era, including unforgettable numbers like “Heart”, and “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets”.
The Creative Team: Direction by Christopher Scott (For Lovers Only, Golf: The Musical!, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, The Broadway Kids, Music Direction by Wesley Matthews, Choreographer Monica Celeste Johnson (The Broadway Kids), Sets by Laura Tabor Bacon, Costumes by Mark Richard Caswell and Lighting by Joyce Liao.
Amas Musical Theatre’s Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy began in the early nineteen seventies as the Eubie Blake Youth Theatre and is now a pre-professional performing arts training program, open to students age 14-20, throughout the New York City area. Classes in singing, dancing and acting, taught by working theatre professionals, culminate in a fully-staged Off-Off-Broadway production of a major musical. Recent seasons have included critically-acclaimed productions of Pajama Game, No No Nanette, Street Dreams, and Footloose. Many Academy alumni go on to performing careers on Broadway and in theatres across America, and in film and television.
This production is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years building strong, creative communities in NY State’s 62 counties, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and by The Nat R. & Martha Knaster Charitable Trust, Ampacet Corporation, and
The Jeanne and Bill Cantor Scholarship Fund.
Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Producing Artistic Director) — New York City’s award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of under-served young people in the New York City area. In recent years, Amas has emerged as a leading not-for-profit laboratory for new musicals, including AESOP & COMPANY; SIGNS OF LIFE; WANDA’S WORLD; SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL; LONE STAR LOVE; FROM MY HOMETOWN; ZANNA, DON’T!; 4 GUYS NAMED JOSE AND UNA MUJER NAMED MARIA; and STORMY WEATHER: IMAGINING LENA HORNE. Amas education programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, and Lens on Live Theatre. Visit www.amasmusical.org.