Forbidden Love: Yank! A New Musical Begins Performances Oct. 20

News   Forbidden Love: Yank! A New Musical Begins Performances Oct. 20 Yank! - A New Musical, about an Army private and a war reporter who fall in love during World War II, begins performances at the Brooklyn theatre company The Gallery Players Oct. 20.
Bobby Steggert and Maxime de Toledo
Bobby Steggert and Maxime de Toledo Photo by Mark Krieger

Directed by Igor Goldin, the production has already extended its limited engagement through Nov. 11. The cast boasts Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act), Jeffry Denman (The Producers, How to Succeed…) and Bobby Steggert, who received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for his performance in the recent revival of 110 in the Shade. Also featured are Chris Carfizzi, Jonathan Day, Maxime de Toledo, Todd Faulkner, Chad Harlow, Tyson Kaup, Matthew Marks, Brian Mulay, Daniel Shevlin and James Stover.

Yank takes its title from the World War II publication Yank Magazine. The musical, which was penned by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik, is described as such: "Yank! tells the story of a war reporter named Stu and an army private named Mitch, who fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against them. Intelligent and impassioned, suffused with songs in swing, big band and boogie-woogie styles, the show explores the stories that don't get told in wartime, and how WWII became a great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together."

In a recent interview with Playbill.com actress Nancy Anderson spoke about the new musical Yank!: "[David and Joseph Zellnik] set out to write an entire show of standards, and they really succeeded. . . . When I say standards, these songs sound like the best of the standards. They don't sound like some hackneyed, old-fashioned music. It's really sort of sweepingly romantic. In a beautiful way, it treats the central love story as a real love story. It's not a love story of gay people or straight people — it's just honest and unexpected. The show has a really wry sense of humor and quick pace. . . . It's truly a work of art that show."

Yank! was previously seen as apart of the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The creative team for the production includes Daniel Feyer (musical director), Wayne Yeager (technical director/scenic carpenter), Ray Klausen (scenic consultant), Ken Lapham (lighting designer) and Josh Clayton (orchestrator). Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For tickets, priced $14 and $18, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.galleryplayers.com.

Maxime de Toledo and Bobby Steggert star in the Off-Broadway production of <i>Yank!</i>
Maxime de Toledo and Bobby Steggert star in the Off-Broadway production of Yank! Photo by Mark Krieger
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