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Damn Yankees [1994 Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Damn Yankees [1994 Original Broadway Cast Recording]

 
Despite a run of over 1,000 performances in its initial 1955 production, Damn Yankees was not revived on Broadway for nearly 40 years, until a new version appeared at the Marquis Theater on March 3, 1994, starring Bebe Neuwirth as the seductive Lola and Victor Garber as the devilish Mr. Applegate. Perhaps it was thought that the libretto written by original

Overview

Despite a run of over 1,000 performances in its initial 1955 production, Damn Yankees was not revived on Broadway for nearly 40 years, until a new version appeared at the Marquis Theater on March 3, 1994, starring Bebe Neuwirth as the seductive Lola and Victor Garber as the devilish Mr. Applegate. Perhaps it was thought that the libretto written by original director George Abbott and Douglass Wallop (based on Wallop's novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant) was old-fashioned, since new director Jack O'Brien also got credit for "book revisions." But the story remained essentially the same: Joe Boyd (Dennis Kelly), a middle-aged baseball fan, agrees to sell his soul to the Devil in order to be transformed into the young slugger Joe Hardy (Jarrod Emick) and help his beloved Washington Senators beat the New York Yankees. Another reason why no one attempted a revival for so long may have been that it was hard to find a singer/dancer/actress to step into Gwen Verdon's shoes as Lola, who tries to use her feminine wiles to keep Joe from returning home. If so, Neuwirth was a worthy successor, bringing charm and humor to the part, while Garber proved a smooth Applegate. Thomas Z. Shepard, producer of the cast album, may have worried about matching the original one, or maybe he just wanted to exploit the expanded possibilities of the CD, since the disc runs 77-and-a-half minutes, with extensive sections of dialogue included. Some of O'Brien's revisions are apparent. Notably, the song "Two Lost Souls," once a duet for Lola and Joe, is now sung by Lola and Applegate, which seems less likely in terms of the plot, but gives the two stars a big number together near the end of the show. This album won't make anyone forget the first recording of Damn Yankees, but it is performed by a talented cast and gives a good sense of the overall form of the revival.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/1994
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0731452239624
catalogNumber:
522396

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Stahl   Trumpet
Victor Garber   Vocals,Actor,cast
Bebe Neuwirth   Vocals,Actor,cast
Danny Cahn   Trumpet
Sarah Carter   Cello
Richard Centalonza   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
David Chase   Conductor,Musical Direction
Katherine Easter   Harp
Alicia Edelberg   Violin
Lawrence Feldman   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Ian Finkle   Percussion
Steve Freeman   Keyboards
Gerald Tarack   Violin
Steve Guttman   Trumpet
Clifton Hardison   Percussion
Kenneth Hitchcock   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Jeanne Ingram   Violin
B.J. Johnson   Violin
Dennis Kelly   Vocals,Actor,cast
Dale Kirkland   Trombone
Jesse Levy   Cello
Ray Marchica   Drums
Charles McCracken   Cello
William Meade   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
David Niwa   Violin
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Marion Pinhiero   Violin
Ron Raffio   Bass
Roger Rosenberg   Reeds,Multiple Reeds
Jack Schatz   Trombone
Marti Sweet   Violin
Nancy Wolfe   Keyboards
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Ann Yarbrough   French Horn
Carlos Villa   Violin
Alicia Edilberg   Violin
Susan Mansur   Vocals,Actor,cast
Cynthia Onrubia   cast
John Ganun   cast
Gregory Jbara   Vocals,cast
Dick Latessa   Vocals,Actor,cast
Scott Wise   Vocals,cast
Scott Robertson   cast
Jeff Blumenkrantz   Vocals,cast
Mel Allen   Actor
Michael Berresse   cast
Paula Leggett Chase   cast
Nancy Ticotin   cast
Vicki Lewis   Vocals,Actor,cast
Cory English   cast
Joe Pizzi   cast
Bruce Anthony Davis   cast
Linda Stephens   Vocals,Actor,cast
Michael Winther   cast
Jarrod Emick   Vocals,Actor,cast
Damn Yankees Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Damn Yankees Cast Ensemble   cast
Terrence Currier   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Ross   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Adler   Composer,Lyricist
Douglas Besterman   Orchestration
David Chase   Musical Director
Tom Fay   Dance Arrangement
James Nichols   Engineer
James Raitt   Vocal Arrangements,Musical Supervision
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
George Abbott   Book
Marty Maidenberg   Art Direction,Package Art Direction
David Krane   Dance Arrangement
Kathleen Marshall   Assistant Choreographer
Gregory Meeh   Special Effects
David C. Woolard   Costume Design
Douglas W. Schmidt   Scenic Design
Jack O'Brien   Director,Liner Notes
Rob Marshall   Choreographer
Jack O'Brien   Revision
Jay Binder   Casting
Jonathan Deans   Sound Design
Douglas Wallop   Book
James Nicholes   Engineer
James P. Nichols   Engineer
Jack O'Brien   Liner Notes,Plot Synopsis
J. (Billy) VerPlank   Composer

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