Carson Kressley Will Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's Damn Yankees, Featuring Revised Book by Joe DiPietro
By Andrew Gans
Emmy winner, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer Carson Kressley will play Mr. Applegate in the Ogunquit Playhouse's summer production of Damn Yankees, which runs July 25-Aug. 18.
Kressley was last seen at the Ogunquit as Man in Chair during the 2010 run of The Drowsy Chaperone. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.
With a revised book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro based on the original script, the new Red Sox version of Damn Yankees, according to production notes, "moves the action from Washington, DC and plants it firmly in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox." The Ogunquit production will be directed and choreographed by Jeffry Denman with musical direction by Ken Clifton.
In the new Ogunquit production, "die hard Red Sox fan Joe Boyd offers his soul to this devil in return for 'one long-ball hitter.' Applegate uses his power to turn Joe into a young, strong, handsome, long ball hitter with supernatural athletic abilities. As the team begins to win, Joe looks for a loophole to get out of the deal. The devilish dealmaker pulls out all the stops, most notably, the sizzling hot temptress Lola," according to press notes.
With a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop (here revised by Joe DiPietro), music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, the classic musical features such tunes as "Whatever Lola Wants," "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year."
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