June 22nd thru July 1
7:30 Friday/Saturday; 2:00 Sunday Matinee
Woodstock, N.Y. – From the stage that looks like a baseball stadium complete with the diamond painted on the stage floor, the anthem ‘You Gotta Have Heart’ rings out in a chorus of male voices announcing that the homerun hit of the season, DAMN YANKEES, opens the Summer Season of rising professional theatre at the Woodstock Playhouse.
A Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park for you this season under the stage direction of Randy Conti and music direction of Bobby Tomasulo. The winning music & lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot make this sporty musical comedy a true American classic. Light, fast-paced and clever, featuring all-American subject matter, an irreverent sense of humor, and a baseball hero that will knock your socks off – no matter what color they are! Throw in unforgettable hits like 'Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo', 'Heart', and of course 'Whatever Lola Wants'...and you're in Baseball Musical Theatre heaven!
The story 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 real estate agent Joe Boyd played by Adam Walsh is a long-suffering fan of the pathetic Washington Senators baseball team. Late one night, he sits up late, grumbling that if the Senators just had a "long ball hitter" they could beat "those damn Yankees". Suddenly, the smooth-talking Mr. Applegate - the devil in disguise – played by Thomas Dieter, appears. He offers Joe the chance to become "Joe Hardy", the young slugger the Senators need, played by the Oklahoma born and raised actor Chase Tucker. Joe accepts, even though he must leave his wife Meg played by Talia Heskett, and the story of the most famous season in Washington Senators history begins. With crack-reporter Gloria played by Tatumn Zale and temptress Lola played by Katherine Winter of Toronto Canada, the story heats up with.
Brought to the stage of the iconic Woodstock Playhouse featuring the Woodstock Playhouse Summer Theatre Cast 2018, a regional company of professional performers widely acclaimed for some of the finest performances in our NY & Tri-State region. A TripAdvisor review, one among many, hails the Woodstock Playhouse Performances as "Broadway at Home...The shows that I've seen at the Woodstock Playhouse have repeatedly been wonderful. I've felt as though I'm seeing NYC Broadway quality performances. The newly renovated theater is beautiful and the sound great. Want to see a great show not at Broadway prices go to the Woodstock Playhouse."
Performances are June 15th thru July 1st, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.Tickets range from $32 to $40.Tickets are available at www.woodstockplayhouse.org or by calling the Woodstock Playhouse box office at 845-679-6900.
As a landmark playhouse site in the pages of American Theatre and Music History and the site of the 1968 Last Great Sound-Out by Jocko Moffit - the precursor concert (featuring Richie Havens) to Woodstock 1969, the Woodstock Playhouse today is a 501c3 non-profit performance and presenting venue under the directorship of the Pan American Dance Foundation, Inc.. Under PADF, the Playhouse has been transformed into the home of a nationally recognized premiere theatre company and home for many prominent local and national producing organizations. PADF’s mission through Woodstock Playhouse and their educational center, the New York Conservatory for the Arts of Hurley, NY, has cultivated respect and appreciation for the Arts in our region through excellence and education and performance both locally and throughout the US and Europe. The Woodstock Playhouse was the first theater to be accepted into the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and therefore recognized as a National treasure under its current leadership.
103 Mill Hill Road
http://www.woodstockplayhouse.org/ or call the Box Office @ 845-679-6900
For Interviews, Contact:
Douglas Farrell, Woodstock Playhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cast Members and Directors are available for interviews
Photo: Chase Tucker as Joe Hardy and Katherine Winter as Lola