American Repertory Theater presents the world premiere of Johnny Baseball, The New Red Sox Musical, featuring a book by Richard Dresser, music by Robert Reale, and lyrics by Willie Reale. Diane Paulus will direct.
After the Red Sox stunning collapse in the 2003 playoffs, a baseball-obsessed team of musical theater writers (one long suffering Sox fan and two smug yet oddly sympathetic Yankees fans) went in search of the reason for the Curse on the Red Sox. Their journey yielded surprising conclusions and a clever new musical.
Johnny Baseball is an exhilarating blend of fact, fiction, and the mystical power of the game. It traces the origin of the Curse to a collision of three orphaned souls: Johnny O'Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, the man-child Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African American blues singer and the love of Johnny's life. These three lives contain both the reason for the Curse and the secret to its end off the bat of Big Papi in 2004. Johnny Baseball packs a thoughtful commentary on American social history into a fun and spirited musical that will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans everywhere.