6 Apr 2014
|
Comments

Damn Yankees The Jack Studio Theatre

Brockley Jack Studio Damn YankeesWith the Summer approaching, I am feeling the growing sense of excitement for the World Cup effervescing off most men I know. As much as I love a bit of football, this does mean losing a certain degree of attention whilst attempting to hold a conversation with the lads. Therefore I can certainly empathise with the plight of the wives of Washington Senators fans, whose baseball loving husbands ignore them for “Six Months Out of Every Year.” I may take a leaf out of their book and express my discontent in a frothy song and dance number!

Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop and with Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (the musical duo behind The Pajama Game.) Written and set in the 1950’s, this production has a fashionable vintage vibe about it and even though it isn’t the best musical ever written, it is jam packed with good sporting fun!

Liam Christopher – Lloyd brings a fresh face and a nice voice to the role of Joe, a middle aged Estate Agent who sells his soul to become a pro baseball star, thus leaving his former life (and wife) behind him. Similarly pleasant was Jenny Delisle, who plays joes jilted wife, Meg. The pair demonstrated real heart throughout the show, especially in the final number, “A Man Doesn’t Know.”

The cast were very strong all round and I especially believed in the sportsmanship of the Washington baseball players all round, whose song and dance numbers were by far the most enjoyable. Rachel Lea Gray played my favourite character of the show, Gloria, a problematic journalist with the love of good story (and a good dance solo.) Gray really came to life in the stand out number “Super Joe from Hannibal, MO,” which was fine work from Adler and Ross!

One never really knows what to expect from a fringe production and with Damn Yankees I was presently surprised that this show, directed by Dom O’Hanlon, was very professional indeed. The set and costumes were fantastic and truly painted the old school sporting aesthetic. However most impressive of all was Becky East’s choreography, which the entire cast fulfilled with a high level of skill and flair. Also, there were ROLLERSKATES at one point! Enough said!

Despite a few lines being fluffed here and there (mainly from the bringer of doom, Mr Applegate/ The devil himself), the show was highly engaging and included some real triple threats. This is the perfect springtime production and will appeal to sporting fans and lovers of a cheesy musical alike. 

Damn Yankees London Review

Rebecca

About the Author

Rebecca is a cheeky London lady with a love of theatre, cheese and wine (preferably all at the same time!) She graduated from Goldsmiths (University of London) with a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts and later went on to study for an NCTJ postgraduate diploma in Journalism.

comments powered by Disqus
Latest

Goodness me I love this time of year! Why? Because I get to bask in the sun with a pint of cider at the London Wonderground before heading into the magical spiegeltent to watch some freaky circus. It is a glorious existence! Luckily for me, summer came a few weeks early as I was invited […]

Latest

It has been announced that Adrienne Warren is to make her West End debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, stepping into the shoes of legendary rock ‘n’ roll star Tina Turner. Produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, the musical charts the singer’s rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, […]

Latest

The beauty of Shakespeare lies in the fact that you can do with it what you will; cut it, mould it, pull it into the future and, in this case, cross-gender cast to your heart’s content. With acclaimed performances from leading actresses such as Maxine Peake in Hamlet to Glenda Jackson’s upcoming performance in King […]