Lyceum Theatre to stage ‘Damn Yankees’ June 18 through 26

June 17, 2011

The Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock will stage the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” at 2 and 8 p.m. June 18, 2 p.m. June 19, 8 p.m. June 22, 2 p.m. June 23, 2 and 8 p.m. June 24, 2 and 8 p.m. June 25, 2 p.m. June 26 at the theater at 114 High St.

Tickets are $33.50 for adults, $30 for ages 62 and older, $28 for ages 13-21 and $15 for ages 4-12. Call 660-837-3311 or visit

With a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, “Damn Yankees” is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the Yankees. Mr. Applegate transforms Joe Boyd into young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, who turns the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind.

The musical is based on Wallop’s novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.” “Damn Yankees” ran for 1,019 performances in its original 1955 Broadway production.

Playing the role of the Mr. Applegate is Lyceum Theatre veteran Ron Wisniski, who has appeared in “The Producers,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Hello, Dolly!” His national tour roles include Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast,” FDR in two tours of “Annie” and Teddy Roosevelt in “Tintypes.”  His off-Broadway credits include George Abbott’s “Frankie,” “A Most Secret War,” “Pillars of Society,” “Up Against It” (New York Shakespeare Festival) and “Tom Jones.” He is a Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner for Applegate in “Damn Yankees” and a three-time IRNE Award nominee.

Having just appeared in the Lyceum season opener “Forever Plaid,” Barry Anderson plays Joe Hardy. Anderson appeared on Broadway in “Legally Blonde” and toured nationally in “Legally Blonde” and “My Fair Lady.” His regional credits include “Crazy For You,” “Honk!,” “Where’s Charley?” and “Bye, Bye, Birdie.”

Stacey Harris makes her Lyceum Theatre debut as Lola. Harris has appeared on Broadway in “Bells are Ringing,” off-Broadway in “Lone Star Love,” and in the national tours of “Show Boat,” “Cinderella” and “Dreamgirls.” Her regional credits include “Chicago,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “My One and Only,” “Romance, Romance,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “Syncopation” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

David Hemsley Caldwell returns to the Lyceum playing Joe Boyd. Caldwell previously appeared in “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and “Hairspray” and directed “Nuncrackers,” “Nunsense,” “Annie,” “BIG!,” “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” “How To Succeed In Business ...” and “Bye, Bye, Birdie.”

April Woodall returns to the Lyceum playing Joe Boyd’s wife, Meg. She previously performed in “Little Women,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Into the Woods,” “Tom Sawyer” and “BIG!” In the past year, she premiered three plays in New York City, including Jacques Lamarre’s “Gray Matters,” for which she won the Best Lead Actress award at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Dana Snyder returns to the Lyceum after appearing in last year’s production of “The Producers” as Max Bialystock. He has performed in theaters around the country, and in film, television and radio. He voices Master Shake on Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

Lyceum Theatre veteran Leslie Lorusso makes her 2011 debut as ace reporter Gloria Thorpe. Lorusso is returning for a sixth season after playing Sister Mary Amnesia in “Nuncrackers” last fall. Her other credits include Grizabella in “CATS,” Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods,” June in “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” Edna Klein in “Children of a Lesser God” and Rosemary in “How to Succeed in Business ...” She appeared in the off-Broadway production of “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” and “That’s Life!” She toured nationally in “Cinderella” and performed regionally in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Swingtime Canteen.”

“Damn Yankees” is directed by Artistic Director Quin Gresham and choreographed by Michael Baxter. The production team includes Dan Calandro, scenic designer; James Woodland, resident musical director; Jonathan A. Reed, lighting designer; Garth Dunbar, costume designer; Caitlin Ayer, assistant costume designer; and Ryan Matthew Hall, resident sound designer.

The production stage manager is Tony Dearing. Assistant stage managers are Jerry Dee Lame and Emilee Buchheit.