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Encyclopedia > Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees

original 1958 movie poster
Directed by George Abbott
Stanley Donen
Produced by George Abbott
Stanley Donen
Written by George Abbott
(play)
Douglass Wallop
(play & novel)
Starring Tab Hunter
Gwen Verdon
Ray Walston
Russ Brown
Shannon Bolin
Music by Richard Adler
Jerry Ross
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 26, 1958
Running time 111 min.
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Damn Yankees is a musical comedy, a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s (when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball), in Washington, D.C., with a script by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. It was based on Wallop's novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... George Abbott (June 25, 1887 - January 31, 1995) was among the greatest of Broadway showmen. ... Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as the King of the Hollywood musicals. His most famous work is Singin In The Rain, which he co-directed with Gene Kelly. ... Douglass Wallop (1920 - 1985), novelist and playwright, was born John Douglass Wallop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the 13th of that name. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... Gwen Evelyn Verdon (January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California – October 18, 2000 in Woodstock, Vermont) was an acclaimed Tony Award winning American dancer and actress. ... Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was a stage, television and feature film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Shannon Bolin (born January 1, 1917 in Spencer, South Dakota) is an American actress. ... Richard Adler was born on 23rd August 1923 in New York, NY, USA. He is a lyricist, composer and producer of several Broadway shows. ... Jerry Ross may refer to: Musician Jerry Ross Astronaut Jerry L. Ross This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Warner Bros. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Faust or Faustus is the protagonist of a popular German tale of a pact with the Devil, assumed to be based on the figure of the German magician and alchemist Dr. Johann Georg Faust (approximately 1480–1540). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D... George Abbott (June 25, 1887 - January 31, 1995) was among the greatest of Broadway showmen. ... Douglass Wallop (1920 - 1985), novelist and playwright, was born John Douglass Wallop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the 13th of that name. ... Richard Adler was born on 23rd August 1923 in New York, NY, USA. He is a lyricist, composer and producer of several Broadway shows. ... Jerry Ross (March 9, 1926 – November 11, 1955) was a Jewish-American lyricist and composer whose works for the musical theater include Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, both of which achieved major success during the Golden Age of Broadway. ...

Contents

Plot

The plot concerns a long-suffering middle-aged fan of the Washington Senators baseball club, real estate salesman Joe Boyd, who sells his soul to the Devil (Ray Walston) and becomes slugger Joe Hardy, the "long ball hitter the Senators need that he'd sell his soul for" (as spoken by him in a throwaway line near the beginning of the drama). His hitting prowess enables the Senators to win the American League pennant over the then-dominant Yankees. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-???? Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) A.K.A Clark Griffith Park (1922) A.K.A National Park (III... The Devil is a title given to the supernatural entity, who, in Christianity, Islam, and other religions, is a powerful, evil entity and the tempter of humankind. ... Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was a stage, television and feature film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The American League (AL) is one of the two leagues of Major League Baseball. ...


Production History

Damn Yankees opened on Broadway in 1955 starring Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston.The musical also featured a young Jean Stapleton before her career-defining role as Edith Bunker in All in the Family. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gwen Evelyn Verdon (January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California – October 18, 2000 in Woodstock, Vermont) was an acclaimed Tony Award winning American dancer and actress. ... Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was a stage, television and feature film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Jean Stapleton Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray on January 19, 1923 in New York City) is an American actress of stage, television and film. ... Edith Bunker (née Baines) is a fictional 1970s sitcom mom on All in the Family (and occasionally Archie Bunkers Place), played by Jean Stapleton. ... All in the Family is a popular and acclaimed American situation comedy that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971 until April 8, 1979, when the final original episode aired. ...


The original Broadway production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won six: What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...


Best Musical WON // 1940s 1949 Kiss Me, Kate - Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack. ...


Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical: Ray Walston (Applegate) WON and Stephen Douglass (Hardy) The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. ... Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was a stage, television and feature film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Stephen Douglass (1921- ) Stephen Douglass was born as Stephen Fitch in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA on 27 September 1921. ...


Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Gwen Verdon (Lola) WON The Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who was voted as the best actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Gwen Evelyn Verdon (January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California – October 18, 2000 in Woodstock, Vermont) was an acclaimed Tony Award winning American dancer and actress. ...


Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Russ Brown (Van Buren) WON The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who is voted the best non-starring actor in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ...


Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Rae Allen (Gloria) The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who is voted the best non-starring actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Rae Allen (born Raffaella Giulia Teresa DAbruzzo on July 3, 1926 in NYC) is an American stage, film and television actress. ...


Best Conductor and Musical Director: Hal Hastings WON The Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director [1] // In the following list, the winner is displayed first; the non-winning nominees, where known, are second. ...


Best Choreography: Bob Fosse WON The tony award for Choreography has been awarded since 1949. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image. ...


A made-for-TV movie version was filmed in 1967. Phil Silvers played the role of "Mr. Applegate," the earthly form of Satan. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ...


In the late 1970's and early 1980's former MGM "All-American boy" Van Johnson appeared as Applegate throughout the United States. Van Johnson in Battleground (1949) Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor and dancer. ...


The stage version was revived in 1994 with substantial revisions to the book and score, and featured Bebe Neuwirth in the role of seductive temptress Lola and Victor Garber in the part of Mr. Applegate (the Devil). Garber was succeeded on Broadway by Jerry Lewis, who then took the production on a national tour and also played the role in a London production. Bebe Neuwirth Beatrice Bebe Neuwirth (born December 31, 1958) is an American theater, television, and film actress. ... Victor Joseph Garber (born on March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a six-time Emmy award nominated Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The Broadway Revival production was nominated for four Tony Awards and won one: What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ...


Best Revival of a Musical The Tony Award for Best Revival (Musical) has been awarded since 1994. ...


Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Victor Garber The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. ... Victor Joseph Garber (born on March 16, 1949 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a six-time Emmy award nominated Canadian film, stage and television actor and singer. ...


Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Jarrod Emick (Hardy) WON The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who is voted the best non-starring actor in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Jarrod Emick (born July 2, 1969 in Fort Eustis, Virginia) is an American musical theatre actor best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees Jarrod Emick grew up in Oral, South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University. ...


Best Choreography: Rob Marshall The tony award for Choreography has been awarded since 1949. ... Rob Marshall is a director. ...


Musical Numbers (Revival version)

Act One Act Two
  1. Overture
  2. Six Months Out Of Every Year (Meg, Joe & Ensemble)
  3. Boyds' Living Room (scene)
  4. Boyds' Front Porch (scene)
  5. Goodbye Old Girl (Joe)
  6. Blooper Ballet
  7. Ball Field (scene)
  8. Heart (Van Buren, Smokey, Rocky, Sohovik)
  9. Locker Room (scene)
  10. Joe at Bat
  11. Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo. (Gloria, Washington Senators)
  12. Shoeless Joe Reprise
  13. Press Conference (scene)
  14. Applegate's Apartment (scene)
  15. A Little Brains, a Little Talent (Lola)
  16. Boyds' Kitchen (scene)
  17. A Man Doesn't Know (Joe & Meg)
  18. Locker Room (scene)
  19. Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets (Lola)
  20. Act One Finale (scene)
  1. Who's Got the Pain? (Lola & Ensemble)
  2. Locker Room (scene, #2)
  3. The Game (Rocky, Smokey & Washington Senators)
  4. Boyds' House (scene)
  5. Near to You (Joe & Meg)
  6. Those Were the Good Old Days (Applegate)
  7. The Trial
  8. Limbo (scene)
  9. Two Lost Souls (Joe & Lola)
  10. Bottom of the Ninth (scene)
  11. A Man Doesn't Know (Reprise)

Characters

Lead Roles

  1. Joe Hardy — The 22-year-old, home run hitting alter ego of Joe Boyd (baritone age 18-27)
  2. Mr. Applegate — The Devil in disguise as a slick salesman (baritone, age 30-55)

Supporting Roles

  1. Lola — The Devil's seductress assistant (alto age 20-35, dancing)
  2. Meg Boyd — Joe's loyal, traditional wife (alto age 40-60)
  3. Gloria Thorpe — A probing reporter (mezzo-soprano age 21-30, dancing)
  4. Doris — A friend of Meg (age 40-60)
  5. Joe Boyd — A middle-aged, overweight married man who is in love with baseball, and specifically the Washington Senators (tenor age 40-60)
  6. Sister — A friend of Meg (alto age 40-60)
  7. Smokey — Second baseman for the Senators (tenor age 18-27)
  8. Van Buren — The hard working manager of the Washington Senators with great heart but no luck (baritone age 35-65)

Cameo Roles

  1. Henry — Center fielder for the Senators (baritone age 18-27)
  2. Linville — Catcher for the Senators (baritone age 18-27)
  3. Lowe — Left fielder for the Senators (baritone age 18-27)
  4. Sohovik — Third baseman for the Senators (baritone age 18-27)
  5. The Commissioner (age 35-75)
  6. Welch — Team owner of the Senators (age 40-75)

Choruses

  1. Baseball players and batboys (Male Chorus ages 6-27, dancing)
  2. Mickey — Infielder for the Senators (baritone ages 18-27)

The film version

With the exception of Tab Hunter in the role of Joe Hardy, (replacing Stephen Douglass), the Broadway principals reprised their stage roles. The film, directed by George Abbott, was released in 1958. One notable difference between film and play was Gwen Verdon's performance of the song, “A Little Brains.” In the stage version, Verdon’s performance of the number was marked by suggestive hip-movements (as choreographed by Bob Fosse). In 1958, these hip-movements were considered too risqué for a mainstream American film. Therefore, in the film version, she simply pauses at these points. Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... Stephen Douglass (1921- ) Stephen Douglass was born as Stephen Fitch in Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA on 27 September 1921. ... // Events February 16- In the Money is released on this date. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image. ...


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