Yank!, the 2010 Off-Broadway musical that received its U.K. premiere at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in March, is to transfer to London’s Charing Cross Theatre, beginning performances July 3 prior to an official opening July 10, for a season though August 19.
Based on the true, hidden history of gay soldiers during World War II, Yank! focuses on the life of Stu, a scared Midwestern youngster who is called up to serve in the forces in 1943 and becomes a reporter for Yank Magazine, the journal “for and by the servicemen.” Telling the stories of the men in Charlie Company, the musical explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.
With book and lyrics by David Zellnik, his brother Joseph Zellnik’s musical score pays homage to the music of the 1940s. The musical is directed by James Baker, and is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre, Ben Millerman with Jim Kierstead and Guy James.
The creative team also includes James Cleeve as musical director, choreographer Chris Cuming, designer Victoria Hinton, lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson, sound designer Chris Bogg, and casting director Benjamin Newsome.
Casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets contact the box office on 020 7930 5868 or visit charingcrosstheatre.co.uk.