Based on Douglass Wallop's 1954 novel, Damn Yankees is a musical comedy that debuted on Broadway in 1955. The original production of the play won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for over a thousand performances under director George Abbott, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Damn Yankees combines the Faust legend, in which a person makes a deal with the devil in exchange for power and success, with the American tradition of Baseball to tell the tale of a man who sells his soul in order to become a star baseball player. Packed with characters familiar to the sports world, including a brazen sports journalist and a handful of die-hard fans, as well as players that add spice to the game, particularly the devil in disguise and his seductive accomplice Lola, the play is a charming and boisterous tale that begs audiences to be careful what they wish for.
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