Arena Stage's Damn Yankees Has Its Lola, and She Runs on "Steam Heat"

News   Arena Stage's Damn Yankees Has Its Lola, and She Runs on "Steam Heat"
 
Meg Gillentine has snagged the role of sexy Lola, handmaiden to the devil, in Arena Stage's upcoming production of Damn Yankees.

The musical had original Broadway choreography by Bob Fosse, and Gillentine is no stranger to the style: She appeared in Broadway's Fosse, which was also seen on PBS (she dances "Steam Heat," "Hot Honey Rag" and "Nowadays" in the video version).

Gillentine's credits include Broadway's Cats and The Frogs and the first national tours of The Producers and Fosse. She's a graduate in acting from New York University.

As previously reported, Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar will play Lola's boss, devilish Mr. Applegate, in Damn Yankees in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-Feb. 5, 2006. Molly Smith, Arena's artistic director, stages the show on Arena's Fichandler stage.

Matt Bogart (Miss Saigon, The Civil War, Smokey Joe's Cafe) will play star ballplayer Joe Hardy in the Richard Adler-Jerry Ross musical comedy about a middle-aged D.C.-area baseball fan who sells his soul to a charming Satan to become the wunderkind of the losing Washington Senators circa 1955.

The droll and delicious role of Mr. Applegate was originated by Ray Walston in 1955 (he also appeared in the film), played by Victor Garber in the 1994 Broadway revision, and subsequently reinvented by shticky replacement Jerry Lewis, who also starred in the subsequent tour. Brad Oscar was Tony-nominated in the category of Best Featured Actor (Musical) for playing Franz in The Producers in 2001. He would later graduate to the role of Max on Broadway and London (he replaced Nathan Lane in both cities). He is currently Max opposite Hunter Foster at Broadway's St. James Theatre. John Treacy Egan will become the new Max Bialystock on Broadway beginning Oct. 25.

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