A love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway, Yank! tells the story of a war reporter named Stu and an army private named Mitch who fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against them. Suffused with songs in period style (swing, big band, boogie-woogie) Yank! explores what stories don't get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together. With the hot-button topics of "don't ask, don't tell" military policy and gay marriage currently poised to be at the forefront of national politics for the November 2008 presidential election, The Gallery Players' mounting of Yank! is timely indeed.
The show features book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by Joseph Zellnik.