“Damn Yankees,” the Bob Fosse-infused dance musical, will bring a new meaning to 1950’s American baseball on the Cutler Bros. stage in Deer Lodge this coming June. “Damn Yankees” is a musical comedy with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.
The musical begins with old Joe Boyd (Rex Kendall) screaming at the television set as his beloved Washington Senators are once again about to lose. His humble wife, Meg (Marin Sewell), stands idly by sewing and talking to herself. Once Meg is far from earshot Joe is presented with a proposition from Mr. Applegate (Timiki Salinas), who happens to be the devil. Joe agrees to put his soul on the line for a chance to play for the Washington Senators and is instantly transformed into 22-year old baseball phenome Joe Hardy (Blake Erickson).
Young Joe is presented with many obstacles including making the team with Coach Van Buren (Kyle Gillette) and becoming homesick for his wife who believes he has “gone away on business.” To distract Young Joe from his wife Mr. Appelgate provides him with the seductress Lola (Mariann Cameron). Her key job is to sidetrack Joe until midnight on the twenty fourth of September when his soul becomes the property of Mr. Applegate. Luckily Joe had implemented an “escape clause” and dodges eternal damnation in the nick of time as he runs home to his wife.
“Damn Yankees” is the 2nd show of the Cutler Brother’s 2016 Summer Theatre Season and runs Fridays – Sundays, June 10th – July 3rd. Several University of Montana vocal and dance majors will take parts in the show including Marin Sewell, Annmarie Downey, and Marquis Archuleta. Timiki Salinas joins the Montana cast from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh where he studies theatre. Brent Volf, who currently teaches in eastern Montana and has performed in New York and Italy, will take the task of musical director for the show. Volf will be complimented with an eight piece orchestra coming from all corners of the state.
Friday and Saturday performances of “Damn Yankees” begin at 7:30 pm and tickets are $15. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm and tickets are $20. For reservations, questions, or directions call the box office at (406) 846-4096 or visit cutlerbros.com.