Helluva Game: Damn Yankees, With Christopher Charles Wood, Chryssie Whitehead, Opens at 5th Avenue Theatre
By Adam Hetrick
The 5th Avenue Theatre production of Damn Yankees, starring Christopher Charles Wood, Chryssie Whitehead, Hans Altwies, Patti Cohenour and Nancy Anderson, officially opens April 26 in Seattle after previews that began April 21.
Paper Mill artistic director Mark S. Hoebee directs the Tony-winning musical that will run through May 20 in Seattle. The production previously played New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, concluding its run there April 1.
The audience favorite has a book by original director George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The Faustian musical was adapted from Wallop's 1954 novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant."
Damn Yankees has music direction by Ben Whiteley and choreography by Denis Michael Jones.
New to the cast for the Seattle bow is Altwies (Robin Hood), who takes over the role of Applegate from Howard McGillin, who played the role in the New Jersey staging. Hugh Hastings steps into the role of Joe Boyd.
The Seattle production reunites Wood (Spring Awakening, Curtains) as Joe, Whitehead (A Chorus Line, Company) as Lola, Cohenour (Light in the Piazza, Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Meg and Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act) as Gloria.
The cast also includes Allen Fitzpatrick (Memphis) as Coach Benny Van Buren, Carol Swarbrick as Sister, Julie Briskman as Doris, Richard Ziman as Mr. Welch, Bob De Dea as the Commissioner and Beth DeVries as Miss Weston.
The ensemble features David Alewine, Blaine Boyd, Scott Brateng, Gabe Corey, Daniel Cruz, Sarah Rose Davis, Christian Duhamel, Michael Paul Ericson, Eric Esteb, Kasey Nusbickel, Matthew Posner, Dane Stokinger and Vaden Thurgood.
The design team includes Rob Bissinger (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Tom Sturge (lighting design) and Andrew G. Luft (sound design).
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