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Yankees to return to Broadway

DAMN YANKEES 46th Street Theatre, 1955, and Marquis

DAMN YANKEES
46th Street Theatre, 1955, and Marquis Theatre, 1994
“Damn Yankees” first appeared on Broadway in 1955, then was revived nearly 40 years later. The plot revolves around a Washington Senators fan who offers to sell his soul to the devil for the chance to beat the Yankees. He’s taken up on the offer.
(Credit: AP)

It’s been 57 years since “Damn Yankees’’ opened on Broadway, and nothing in the ensuing decades has lessened the Bronx Bombers’ dramatic possibilities, on and off the field.

Hence we should not be surprised by the news Thursday that the producers of “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird” are planning another sports-themed show, this time built around you-know-who.

No title or details yet, just this from a news release: “It will shine a spotlight on the personalities, triumphs and private moments that have become the true accounts of legends.’’

Said Yankees COO Lonn Trost: “We look forward to opening our archives to the process and sharing our stories.’’

Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo hit a home run with “Lombardi,’’ which ran for 244 performances, but struck out with “Magic/Bird,’’ which closed after only 38.

Tags: Yankees , Broadway

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