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Damn Yankees

Baseball was very, very different back in the 1950s. New York baseball teams — there were three of them — won eight of the 10 World Series, while Washington’s team, the lowly Senators, barely stayed through that decade before skulking off to Minnesota. No wonder Damn Yankees struck a chord with Broadway musical and baseball fans alike. Divine intervention really seemed necessary for the hapless Senators to even contend with the mighty Yankees. Or, as the scenario of the 1956 Tony Award winner surmised, it would take a bargain between an ardent Senators fanatic and the devil himself. The debonair Dennis Delamar will portray archfiend Mr. Applegate in the CPCC Summer Theatre production at Halton Theater, tempting Joe Hardy with the promise of baseball glory. And, when celebrity and heroism aren’t enough to keep Joe on the road to damnation, he’ll send in a leggy siren named Lola as his relief pitcher. The tenuous balance between good and evil is maintained by the musical’s two hit songs, “(You Gotta Have) Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets).”

— Perry Tannenbaum

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