“Damn Yankees,” the modern retelling of the Faust legend comes alive at Sierra High School. The musical comedy, which ran an impressive 1,019 performances in its original Broadway production in 1955, is being brought to life by the Advanced Theater class of Timberwolves’ drama teacher, Dianna Puett.
The cast, headed by Sam Hoffman as Old Joe, Deric Duran as Young Joe, Andrea Zarevich as Meg, Natasha Wilson as Lola, and Hannah Goe as Gloria, will open on Friday at 7 p.m. in Sierra High’s theatre.
If you miss that opening performance, you can catch the other show times on Saturday, April 11; Thursday, April 16; and Friday, April 17 – all starting at 7 p.m. – with a matinee showing on Sunday, April 12 starting at noon.
Tickets cost $5 if purchased in advance from Puett – available starting Thursday, April 9; $9 at the door.
The musical comedy is based on Douglas Wallop’s novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.” Music and lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The modern version of the story is set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., a time when the New York Yankees dominated the Major League Baseball.
Puett’s drama class last year staged another long-running Broadway musical, “Footloose,” a Broadway musical that was also made into a movie in 1984 which starred Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. The Broadway “Footloose,” which was adapted from the movie directed by Herbert Ross, ran 709 performances which became a stage staple from 1998 to 2000.
When Sierra’s Advanced Theater presented “Footloose” last year, Puett was surprised to discover that they were presenting the Broadway musical on the 30th anniversary of the movie.