Nathan Ash as Joe Hardy and Michelle Jacques as Lola.
EDWARDSVILLE — Fly balls, Broadway hits and the devil all meet up at home plate for Curtain’s Up Theater Company’s production of “Damn Yankees” Sept. 1-4 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Dunham Hall Theater.
Regional theater veteran Glenn Saltamachia returns to direct this seven-time Tony Award-winning home run of musical theater.
“Curtain’s Up Theater Company is excited to put on another big musical production Labor Day weekend. We are sure local theater lovers of all ages will respond to this music and dance-filled classic,” Curtain’s Up Board President Shameem Coppotelli said. “Last fall Glenn directed our wildly successful production of ‘Chicago the Musical.’ We are pleased to have Glenn and many returning actors back at it with ‘Damn Yankees.’ We also have new local and experienced St. Louis performers joining our cast.”
Based on the novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, “Damn Yankees” features a score by Adler and Ross filled with hit songs like “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.” and “You Gotta Have Heart.”
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind. Boyd ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Sept. 3, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, at SIUE-Katherine Dunham Hall in Edwardsville. “Damn Yankees” is underwritten by Scheffel Financial Services and The Bank of Edwardsville. Tickets are $15 and available at curtainsuptheater.com or can be purchased two weeks prior to the show at Edwardsville Library, Happy Up Inc. in Edwardsville and Ashman’s Pharmacy in Collinsville. Do not contact the SIUE ticket office.
Curtain’s Up Theater Company is a nonprofit community theater group dedicated to providing quality, live and affordable theatrical experiences for the Metro East.