Yank! Cast Album Benefit Concert to Play the Duplex

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Nancy Anderson and Jeffry Denman will join songwriters Joseph and David Zellnik for an Aug. 21 benefit concert, Creating Yank! An Evening with the Zellnik Brothers, at the Duplex.

The concert comes as PS Classics recently announced plans to record a cast album of the Off-Broadway musical about a young gay American soldier facing first love as he is swept into World War II.

The 7 PM concert will help raise remaining funds to produce the cast album of Yank!, which reunites members of the original cast. A Kickstarter campaign has also been launched to help fund the album.

Anderson and Denman, who were part of the Off-Broadway production, will perform with the Zellnik brothers during the concert.

The original musical, which was inspired by the memoirs and oral histories of gay and straight WWII service members, features a book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by Joseph Zellnik. Yank! premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005 and played an Off-Broadway run at the York Theatre Company in 2010. Yank! received seven Drama Desk nominations, three Outer Critics Circle nominations and two Lucille Lortel nominations.

Actors from the original York company will reunite for the cast album, including Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, Big Fish), Ivan Hernandez (Into the Woods), Nancy Anderson (Far From Heaven), Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, Passion), Tally Sessions (Big Fish), Andrew Durand (War Horse), David Perlman (Baby It's You!), Chris Ruth (Happy Days – The Musical), Joe Medeiros (The Blue Flower), Zak Edwards (No, No Nanette!) and Todd Faulkner ("Nurse Jackie"). There is a $25 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 255-5438.

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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