Ten-Hut! Bobby Steggert, Santino Fontana, Michael Berresse Recruited for Yank! Workshop

News   Ten-Hut! Bobby Steggert, Santino Fontana, Michael Berresse Recruited for Yank! Workshop Roundabout Theatre Company is producing a workshop of the Broadway-aimed musical Yank!, about gay men and women serving in World War II. Bobby Steggert, the Tony Award nominee featured in the earlier York Theatre Company run of the show, is again participating.

The Roundabout workshop is produced by special arrangement with Maren Bethelsen/Pam Koslow/Stuart Wilk, and Matt Schicker, Hugh Hayes, Jim Kierstead, Sondra Healy/Shidan Majidi, Karl E. Held, and Joe and Sandi Black. A full production has not been officially announced.

It's thought that this exploration of the material (culminating in industry-only presentations Feb. 25-26) includes revisions since the 2010 York run.

The creative team includes composer Joseph Zellnik, lyricist-librettist David Zellnik, choreographer Jeffry Denman (who also appeared in the York run), musical director Rob Berman and associate musical direction by Paul Masse.

Playbill.com previously reported that David Cromer (Off-Broadway's Our Town, Adding Machine, When the Rain Stops Falling, and Broadway's Brighton Beach Memoirs) is directing the Broadway-aimed musical that sheds light on a lesser-known chapter in World War II history.

In the spring 2010 York version of Yank!, Steggert played a 21st-century gay man who happens on the 1940s-era diary of a gay G.I. That story came to life, with Steggert embodying the soldier. In addition to Steggert (The Grand Manner, Ragtime), the workshop cast includes Nellie McKay, Santino Fontana, Michael Berresse, Tally Sessions, Colt Prattes, Derrick Trumbly, Charles MacEachern, Jeremy Cohen, Morgan Spector, Tyler Maynard, Cole Escola, Jeff Hiller, Brad Bass, Cody Williams and Colin Bradbury.

The spring 2010 Off-Broadway production of Yank! — a traditional book musical about two servicemen who fall in love — received seven Drama Desk nominations, including Outstanding Musical; two Outer Critics Circle nominations, including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; and two Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical.

Producers previously announced an aim to launch Yank! A WWII Love Story on Broadway in fall 2011, following revisions to the libretto. The show is an original creation, not based on source material.

Bobby Steggert in the 2010 York Theatre Company production of <i>Yank!</i>
Bobby Steggert in the 2010 York Theatre Company production of Yank! Photo by Carol Rosegg
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