Roundabout Theatre Company announced today that former New York Yankee right fielder Reggie Jackson has joined the cast of the Damn Yankees benefit concert reading, to take place on Monday, December 11, at 7:30pm at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Jackson will take on the role of Mr. Welch, owner of the Washington Senators baseball team.
As previously announced, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, stars Whoopi Goldberg as Applegate, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lola, and Matthew Morrison as Joe Hardy.
The one-night concert will also feature Stephen Bogardus as Joe Boyd, Danny Burstein as Van Buren, Victoria Clark as Meg Boyd, Annie Golden as Doris, Julie Halston as Sister, and Adrienne Warren as Gloria Thorpe. Completing the company are Jill Abramovitz, Paula Leggett Chase, Lawrence Clayton, Greg Hildreth, Tari Kelly, Michael McCormick, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Keven Quillon, Samantha Sturm, Anthony Wayne, Haley Swindal, Noah Weisberg, and Christian Dante White.
In addition to the casting news, Roundabout has announced a partnership with Education at Roundabout and Google to create two unique opportunities for the residents of the Elliott-Chelsea Houses and Fulton House. Roundabout, Google, and the social service agency Hudson Guild have planned a workshop with Teaching Artists from Education at Roundabout for students and their families to explore Damn Yankees through focused scene work and technical theater. The participants will then attend the one-night only benefit reading of Damn Yankees and meet the cast, including Whoopi Goldberg, who grew up in the Elliott-Chelsea Houses.
The concert's creative team includes Derek McLane (set design), Jeff Mahshie (costume design), Don Holder (lighting design), and Ken Travis (sound design). Roundabout's associate artist Kathleen Marshall will direct this one-night only special event, with musical direction by Rob Berman.
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