Damn Yankees is a Musical Comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adlerand Jerry Ross. Damn Yankees seemed to point to a bright future for them, but Ross suddenly died of chronic bronchiectasis, at the age of twenty-nine, a few months after Damn Yankees opened. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950's in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. The musical is based on Wallop's novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. The production starred Gwen Verdon (Lola), Shannon Bolin (Meg), Robert Shafer (Joe Boyd), Elizabeth Howell (Doris), Stephen Douglass (Joe Hardy), Al Lanti (Henry), Eddie Phillips (Sohovik), Nathaniel Frey (Smokey), Albert Linville (Vernon, Postmaster), Russ Brown (Van Buren), Jimmy Komack (Rocky), Rae Allen (Gloria), Cherry Davis (Teenager), Del Horstmann (Lynch, Commissioner), Richard Bishop (Welch), Janie Janvier (Miss Weston), Ray Walston (Mr. Applegate). and Jean Stapleton (Sister). A film version, directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen, was released in 1958. With the exception of Tab Hunter in the role of Joe Hardy (replacing Stephen Douglass), the Broadway principals reprised their stage roles. The film version is very similar to the stage version. A made-for-TV movie version was broadcast on April 8, 1967 on NBC. Phil Silvers played Mr. Applegate. Also starring were Lee Remick as Lola and Ray Middleton as Joe Boyd. It has been announced that a new contemporary film adaptation of the musical will star Jim Carrey as Applegate and Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Hardy.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS: Original Production: Tony Awards
1957 "MY FAIR LADY" 2,717 PERFORMANCES 3/11/56 TILL /29/62 A musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well born lady. The lessons work so well she is acclaimed as a Hungarian Princess. Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews (in her first major Broadway role) took the play to new heights, causing a major ruckus a few years later when it was filmed. Harrison repeated his role, but Julie Andrews was replaced by Audrey Hepburn (a non singer). When Academy Awards time rolled around, although nominated, Hepburn lost out to Julie Andrews from the movie MARY POPPINS. Poetic Justice? The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a hit, setting what was then the record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history, and it remains on the list of the longest running Broadway musicals . It was followed by a hit London production, a popular 1964 film version which won the Academy Award for that year , and numerous revivals. It has been called "the perfect musical” ! The original cast album from the show became the #1 Best Selling Album from 1956 and stayed on the charts for 9 years!!!
MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS: "WHY CAN'T THE ENGLISH"
" WOULDN'T IT BE LOVERLY "
"THE RAIN IN SPAIN"
"THE ASCOTTE GAVOTTE" (HORSE RACE)
"I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT"
"JUST YOU WAIT, HENRY HIGGINS"
"WHY CAN'T A WOMAN BE MORE LIKE A MAN"
"ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE"
"WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK"
"I'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE"
1958 "THE MUSIC MAN" 1375 Performances Opened 12/19/57 ( closed 3 1/2 years later ) THE MUSIC MAN is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns Harold Hill, a con-man who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells bogus band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. He, in turn, falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and running for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the Grammy Award for "Best Original Cast Album". The show's success led to revivals and a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake, as well as Broadway Revivals in 1980 and 2000. It frequently is produced by both professional and amateur theater companies.
MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM ORIGINAL PRODUCTION AND REVIVALS
OPENING SCENE FROM MOVIE (ROBERT PRESTON/ORIGINAL CAST AS WELL)
Barbara Cook from the Original Broadway Production
Robert Preston, Original Cast and Movie "TROUBLE"
"GARY, INDIANA" TAKE TWO (WITH A YOUNG RONNIE HOWARD FROM FILM)
"PICK A LITTLE/GOOD NIGHT LADIES"
"LIDA ROSE" (BARBERSHOP QUARTETTE)
"76 TROMBONES" FROM BROADWAY REVIVAL WITH CRAIG BIERKO
"76 TROMBONES" FEATURING THE MASTER AND ORIGINATOR OF THE HAROLD HILL CHARACTER, ROBERT PRESTON