Damn Yankees [1994 Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/1994
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452239648
  • Catalog Number: 522396

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Stahl Trumpet
Victor Garber Vocals, , cast
Bebe Neuwirth Vocals, , 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, , 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, , cast
Cynthia Onrubia cast
John Ganun cast
Gregory Jbara Vocals, cast
Dick Latessa Vocals, , cast
Scott Wise Vocals, cast
Scott Robertson cast
Jeff Blumenkrantz Vocals, cast
Mel Allen
Michael Berresse cast
Paula Leggett Chase cast
Nancy Ticotin cast
Vicki Lewis Vocals, , cast
Cory English cast
Joe Pizzi cast
Bruce Anthony Davis cast
Linda Stephens Vocals, , cast
Michael Winther cast
Jarrod Emick Vocals, , 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
Jack O'Brien Revision
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
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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