Indianapolis Civic Theatre
Directed by Michael J. Lasley
Through April 3
An amalgamation of Faust and baseball: the musical Damn Yankees. On stage now at the Civic Theatre, the show is about the Washington Senators, a baseball team that always loses. Joe Boyd, a middle-aged Senators fan, would have his favorite team beat those "damn Yankees," and would sell his soul to see it happen. Beelzebub himself answers Joe's request. Joe trades his soul in exchange for a chance to be a 22-year-old red-hot hitter on the Senators' team - but Joe, a consummate real estate salesman, throws a curveball at Satan in the form of an escape clause. Joe has until Sept. 24 - the day before the pennant game - to make the team a winner before his soul is lost forever.
Civic's large cast creates a fun, light-hearted retelling of the Tony Award-winning show. With cute choreography (by Holly Stults) and strong singers, the musical is entertaining for those who don't necessarily get into baseball - or for those who love baseball but don't necessarily get into musicals.
J. Stuart Mill as Joe Boyd sings a touching farewell to his wife in "Goodbye, Old Girl," while Bill Book, as a dapper Mr. Applegate, waits to turn Boyd into young "Joe Hardy," played by zesty Luke McConnell. Temptation comes in the form of Lola, sex kitten Nathalie Cruz, while relentless reporter Gloria, Robyne J. Ault, digs to the bottom of the Shoeless Joe mystery. The cast is solid and director Michael J. Lasley has them clicking with each other like clockwork pieces.
Root for the home team through April 3 at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, 3200 Cold Spring Road on the campus of Marian College. Call 923-4597 or log onto www.civictheatre.org.