Thursday, 11 September 2014

Damn Yankees to return to London and play at the Landor Theatre

A Faustian musical about baseball may not be the most obvious plot choice but this production is gutsy and exciting and is certainly good reason to hurry to The Landor. Damn Yankees is back!
From the composing and writing talent behind The Pajama Game, and with eight Tony Awards including Best Musical under its cap, Damn Yankees is the musical with enduring heart and is sure to be a home run hit.

When a devilish dealmaker offers Joe Boyd the chance to help the Washington Senators, his beloved baseball team, to win the Pennant race against those ‘Damn Yankees’, Joe takes it. But, as the Senators’ stats soar, Joe realises he's losing his wife and looks for a loophole. Enter sizzling-hot temptress Lola - a founding member of the Home Wreckers Hall of Fame.

Who will win? We're not telling!

With much-loved classics such as Whatever Lola Wants and You've Gotta Have Heart, it’s no wonder that Damn Yankees ran for 1,019 performances in its original 1955 Broadway production. Among its many accolades, the 1997 London revival was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.

2014 is the 75th anniversary of the retirement of Lou Gehrig - the famous Yankees player who was forced to retire after being diagnosed with ALS disorder (Motor Neurone Disease), which has been a frequent topic in the news recently due to the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’. Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth’ speech has become an iconic moment in the history of baseball and Damn Yankees at the Landor is staged in recognition of his bravery and achievements. 

Damn Yankees runs from Wednesday 1st October – Saturday 8th November 2014, 7.30pm Saturday and Sunday matinees, 3pm with no performances on Mondays. 
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