BY JAMES FARRELL
Baseball returns to Queens next week in more ways than one—both at Citi Field and Queens College.
Queens College will host the 1955 baseball-themed musical “Damn Yankees” this April in a new production under the guidance of Broadway veteran Charles Repole, who is the play’s director. Repole’s work on Broadway enabled him to collaborate with a long list of big names— Joel Grey, Anthony Quinn, Leslie Uggams and others.
“Some of our most talented students are taking center stage in this Tony-Award winning show, which features hits like ‘Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets’ and ‘(You Gotta Have) Heart,’” Repole said. “Some of these students will be tomorrow’s stars on Broadway. They have the talent and drive, which makes for an exciting production for audiences to see.”
“Damn Yankees” is a remake of the classic Faustian myth—a German legend in which the protagonist Faust makes a deal with the devil to give up his soul in exchange for worldly knowledge. In this modernized retelling, Joe Boyd trades his soul to become a baseball star and help his favorite team take down the unstoppable Yankees in a heated pennant race. Joe struggles to decide between his newfound baseball stardom and the old world he left behind and learns valuable lessons about the true meaning of life.
The performance, which will be held at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts, features a cast of 25 students and an orchestra of 20 performers. Opening night is April 5 at 7 p.m. The show will run through April 9. From April 5 through April 7, each showing will be at 7 p.m. On April 8, there is a matinee show at 2 p.m. Another early show will be offered on April 9 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at kupferbergcenter.org.
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