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Damn Yankees Cast Recording


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B004VWXUD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: Six Months Out of Every Year
2. Goodbye, Old Girl
3. Heart
4. Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo.
5. A Little Brains -- A Little Talent
6. A Man Doesn't Know
7. Whatever Lola Wants
8. Heart (Reprise)
9. Who's Got the Pain?
10. The Game
11. Near to You
12. Those Were the Good Old Days
13. Two Lost Souls
14. A Man Doesn't Know (Reprise)
15. Finale

Editorial Reviews

This blockbuster hit from the 1950s, Damn Yankees introduced the songs "Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants." Starring theater legend Gwen Verdon (Damn Yankees film, Sweet Charity, Chicago) and TV favorite Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian), it is the winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Actor in a Musical (Ray Walston), Actress in a Musical (Gwen Verdon), and Featured Actor in a Musical (Stephen Douglass).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DK on January 18, 2012
Damn Yankees, the 1955 Broadway musical written by the team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross as a follow up to their 1954 hit the Pajama Game, boasts a stellar cast which includes the late great Gwen Verdon(Can-Can, Redhead, New Girl In Town, Sweet Charity, Chicago, etc) as Lola, the stalwart Stephen Douglass(Make A Wish, Golden Apple, Show Boat, etc) as Joe Hardy, the sly late Ray Walston(South Pacific-film, House Of Flowers, etc) as Applegate, Shannon Bolin as Meg, Nathaniel Frey(She Loves Me) and Jean Stapleton(Funny Girl, Juno, Bells Are Ringing, All In The Family-tv, etc). The spirited nostalgic overture leads into the beleaguered baseball widow Meg's sad Six Months Out Of Every Year along with fanatic husband Joe. Joe is such a devout Senators fan that he vows to sell his soul to the Devil if it could help them win the pennant; this is a deal Applegate(the Devil) cannot pass up. Joe is transformed into Joe Hardy baseball player. The woeful Senators sing the empassioned Heart led by Russ Brown as Van Buren, Rae Allen as Gloria Thorpe gives Joe the moniker Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo and Lola(formerly the ugliest woman in Providence, R.I.) is dispatched by Applegate to insure that Joe doesn't change his mind about their bargain. She sings the sexy Whatever Lola Wants. Joe does have regrets and looks in on his unsuspecting wife and they duet on the forlorn A Man Doesn't Know. It is Joe who ends up swaying Lola and they sing the swinging Two Lost Souls. Questions arise concerning Joe's background and qualifications leaving his job in jeopardy and the other players sing nervously about The Game. Joe reassures Meg that all will go well and they sing Near To You. Applegate waxes nostalgic about The Good Old Days when chaos reigned supreme.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 29, 2014
What could be better than Gwen Verdon, the impish red-headed Terpsichore, belting out one of the seminal Broadway scores of the 1950s? The role of Lola, a temptress guided by devilish Mr Applegate (Ray Walston) to lure a would-be basebell hero (Stephen Douglass) catapulted Ms Verdon to the upper-echelon of Broadway royalty.

"Damn Yankees" was the second of two major scores from the team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; with choreography from an up-and-coming Bob Fosse, shaping and working his way up the ladder to his eventual directing success in the decades to follow. The score is still something to marvel about - songs which became standards and oft-recorded staples like "Heart", and "Whatever Lola Wants". The show ran for 1,019 performances at the 46th Street and Adelphi Theatres, and swept the 1956 Tony Awards. Ray Walston, Gwen Verdon and Shannon Bolin all reprised their roles in the subsequent film version.

This reissue of the Broadway cast album of "Damn Yankees" is very significant, as it features the original green cover art of Ms Verdon in the baseball jersey. Ticket sales (and RCA cast album sales) of the show weren't exactly earth-shattering, so producers re-worked the publicity to feature Verdon in her sexy 'merry-widow' corset and tights, with her legs splayed in typical "Whatever Lola Wants" pose. The revised posters and album cover - in vivid red - were the ones used for most of the show's successful run, and the RCA CD reissue in 1988 also used the red artwork. Content and soundwise this disc is exactly the same as the 1988 edition. I'm just happy to see the original album artwork back in circulation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2014
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-- A little brains, a little talent, with an emphasis on the latter."

Surely this is the kind of Broadway musical they no longer write, but you wish they did. A worthy and witty successor to 1954's THE PAJAMA GAME by songwriters Adler and Ross, 1955's DAMN YANKEES recast the Faust legend when a diehard Washington Senators fan (Stephen Douglass) sells his soul to the Devil (Ray Walston) to defeat the previously invincible Yankees. To listen to this wonderful cast album is to return to the days when Broadway's best could make a hit of practically every song, in every style: "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo." (Country hoedown); "Whatever Lola Wants" (the ultimate seduction song for Gwen Verdon, which became a national tagline); "Who's Got the Pain" (Mambo); "Heart" (a team-spirit song so simple a six-year-old could learn it); "A Man Doesn't Know" (Ballad); "Two Lost Souls" (Modern jazz); and so on. You're bound to notice Jean Stapleton's voice as one of "Shoeless Joe's" fans. CD sound quality is fine and the album comes in an eco-friendly case with a very good booklet. All that at a great price. Highest recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Heartburn on July 9, 2013
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This music brought back wonderful memories. I lost the original record that I used to listen to often, and this is a great rendition. Some of the voices (Ray Walston) are familiar, while other voices I don't recognize, but the music is beautiful, and still pertain, especially when Ray Walston, the Devil, sings how happy he was when the stock market crashed, oh yes,
"those were the good old days."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa T. on November 9, 2013
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I wanted one song on this CD, but I really like the whole thing. I wanted the song "What Ever Lola Wants" by the singer who originated it, but it was fun to hear all the character actors on the CD. Now you get a show song and it has to be done by a singer who is a singer, but back when this was recorded it was done by the who cast as they were, and some were not singer as such. It was a very good purchase.
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