Encores! Will Present Damn Yankees as Summer Stars Production; Rando Directs

News   Encores! Will Present Damn Yankees as Summer Stars Production; Rando Directs
Following its acclaimed production of Gypsy, which recently transferred to Broadway's St. James Theatre, City Center's Encores! Summer Stars series will continue in July with the classic baseball-themed musical Damn Yankees.
John Rando
John Rando

According to a casting notice, the 1955 musical will play the famed New York venue July 5-27. Urinetown's Tony-winning director John Rando will helm the production, which will feature choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Rob Berman. No casting has been announced. Damn Yankees has a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and is based on Wallop's novel "The Year The Yankees Lost the Pennant."

The original Broadway production of Damn Yankees opened at the 46th Street Theatre May 5, 1955, playing 1,019 performances before closing at the Adelphi Theatre, where it later transferred, on Oct. 12, 1957. Directed by George Abbott with musical numbers staged by Bob Fosse, the original cast included Gwen Verdon, Stephen Douglass and Ray Walston. The most recent Broadway revival, which opened in March 1994 at the Marquis Theatre, co-starred Bebe Neuwirth, Victor Garber and Jarrod Emick.

Rando won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for his staging of Urinetown. He has also directed the Broadway productions of The Wedding Singer, Dance of the Vampires, A Thousand Clowns and The Dinner Party. He was the assistant director for Broken Glass.

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