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Tony award-winning musical now playing at Curtain Call

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The Washington Senators may be losing regularly to the NY Yankees, but these ballplayers show they have heart in in Curtain Call's production of Damn Yankees, playing in The Kweskin Theatre through October 14. Seen here are (L to R) Bruce Crilly, Stephen Emerick, Jeff Bianco and Bill Warncke. (contributed photo)
The bases are loaded with the potential for musical theatre magic as DAMN YANKEES play at The Kweskin Theatre for five weeks beginning September 15.

DAMN YANKEES is the classic Faustian tale set in baseball season during the 1950s. The show is best known for two timeless hits — “You Gotta Have Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.” DAMN YANKEES finds middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd trading his soul to the Devil (aka Mr. Applegate) for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind.

Based on the book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, the popular music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop won seven Tony awards for its original Broadway run. A successful film adaptation followed as did a 1994 Broadway revival, which eventually starred Jerry Lewis.

Curtain Call's fall season opener is directed by Stamford resident Rob Nichols, with choreography by Kari Ann Sweeney Efferen (Stamford) and music direction by Tony Bellomy (Norwalk). Set design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr (Fairfield), lighting design by Adam Lobelson (Ridgefield), costume design by Megan Latte Ormond with stage management by Stacy Lupo with Regina Butler, Joe Caputo and Mike Shanahan.

The devil's assistant, Lola, played by Jennifer Silverman, works her magic at trying to win the soul of young Joe hardy, played by Chris Balestriere, in Curtain Call's production of Damn Yankees, playing in The Kweskin Theatre through October 14. (contributed photo)
The cast of nearly 40 is comprised of many regular Curtain Call performers as well as several newcomers to the stage. The cast includes, from STAMFORD: Bruce Crilly, Tommy DeSalvo, Jainee DiDonato, Stephen Emerick, Brendan Garnett, Frankie Isola, Michael Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Owen Priscott, Maria Sharavarnyk, Alexander Szymanowicz, Dan Travers, Lou Ursone, Meredith Walker and Gail Yudain; from Norwalk: Amy Ayala, Eliza Ayala, Chris Balestriere; Jeff Bianco, Michael DeSalvo, James Hobayan, Samantha Holomokoff, Nikki Monahan and Bill Warncke; from Trumbull: Lucas Cafaro and Nicholas Ferreira; from Old Greenwich: Sarah Mickley, Lauren Mickley; from Ansonia: Kellen Schult; from Bridgeport: Victoria Clougher; from Milford: Steve Kaplan; from New Haven: Lisa DeAngelis; from Riverside: Solomon Hochman; fro Stratford: Betty McCready; from Westport: Seth Barkan; from White Plains, NY: Paul Naclerio and Jennifer Silverman; from Katonah, NY: Vic Sauerhof; from Port Chester, NY, Michael Okulski.

"Damn Yankees was the first live stage musical I ever saw," said Curtain Call executive director, Lou Ursone, who also has a role in this production. "I fell in love with what I saw on that stage and have enjoyed being a part of creating musical theatre ever since," he said. He added: "It has great score, wonderful characters and one of the catchiest Broadway tunes ever written: "You Gotta Have Heart!" It's a great American musical about America's favorite past-time. I think it's a great way to kick off the Kweskin Theatre season.

Damn Yankees will play in The Kweskin Theatre from September 15 through October 14; Friday and Saturday nights, 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Regular prices are $32 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $16 for children (up to age 21). There are three Thursday evenings at 8:00pm: September 28, October 5 and 12– all seats $25. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30% off. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.

The remainder of Curtain Cal's 27th season includes The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sister Act, Is He Dead, Newsies, The Boys Next Door, A Comedy of Tenors and Superman the Musical, in addition to comedy nights, concerts and interactive murder mysteries.

More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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