DST presents: ‘Damn Yankees,’ Feb. 28-March 15

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Desert Stages Theatre presents the musical comedy, “Damn Yankees,” Fridays through Sundays, Feb. 28-March 15.

Desert Stages Theatre announces the opening of the show at Scottsdale Fashion Square “just as Spring Training begins in Arizona,” according to a press release, detailing the show’s three-week run.

Based on the book, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” written in 1955 by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, the musical was later developed into a romantic comedy feature film in 1958.

Set in Washington D.C. during the 1950s, the release described how the middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

As he becomes a young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, but realizes the true worth of the life he left behind, the release detailed about the production with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.

The show ran on Broadway for 1,019 performances and won a Tony Award in 1956 for “Best Musical,” the release noted.

The Desert Stages production is directed by Dan Ashlock Jr. and musically directed by Jennifer Adams with choreography by Madison MacDonald.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays February 28 through March 15, according to the release.

To purchase tickets, visit DesertStages.org or call the box office at 480-483-1664.

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