Reale Musical Johnny Baseball Sets A.R.T. Dates; Creative Team Announced

News   Reale Musical Johnny Baseball Sets A.R.T. Dates; Creative Team Announced
 
The American Repertory Theater production of the world-premiere musical Johnny Baseball, which explores the infamous "Curse of the Bambino," will begin performances May 14 at the Loeb Drama Center.

Originally titled Red Sox Nation, A.R.T. has announced revised dates of production for the musical, which features music by Tony nominee Robert Reale (Frog and Toad), lyrics by Tony and Oscar nominee Willie Reale (Frog and Toad, "Dreamgirls"), and a book by Richard Dresser.

Tony-nominated A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus (Hair) will stage the production that will officially open June 2 and run through June 27.

According to A.R.T., "Johnny Baseball is not just about the 'Curse of the Bambino.' The musical is a thoughtful investigation of the complicated issues of race in major league baseball as a bellwether for American societal attitudes through the twentieth century. At the heart of the play is a touching love story between a white baseball player and an African American singer. With lively music and an engaging story, Johnny Baseball celebrates the new ownership and the 2004 World Series victory in the context of the full integration of the game. It packs a thoughtful commentary on American social history into a funny, heartfelt and spirited musical that will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans everywhere."

Casting for the premiere will be announced shortly.

Johnny Baseball has a creative team including Scott Pask (sets), Donald Holder (lights), Michael McDonald (costumes), Peter Pucci (choreography) and Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (musical direction/arrangements). For tickets visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.

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