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Thay Floyd as Joe Hardy, Gary Briggle as the Commissioner, and Kersten Rodau as Gloria Thorpe

Review: Damn Yankees at the Ordway

June 26, 2015 8:52 am | Leave your thoughts

By Erin Nagel, Girl Meets Broadway As a fan of the Minnesota Twins I can fully relate to Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees. Both are teams with capable players and coaches, but missing that one player who can provide the spark needed to get the rest of the team believing in themselves again. Not to mention the New York Yankees have also proven to be a problem for the Twins.  For the Washington Senators that ... more


(L to R)Tari Kelly as Lola and Monte Wheeler as Mr. Applegate

Review: ‘Damn Yankees’ is a Damn Good Production

June 24, 2015 9:46 am | Leave your thoughts

By Minnesota Theater Love There are so many things to love about Damn Yankees at the Ordway–where to start?  First of all, go see it now as it runs only through June 28th, which is shockingly short for such a great production. Did you go buy tickets? I’ll wait here. Let me know when you’re back. Got ‘em?  Great! In a nutshell: Damn Yankees is a variation on the Faust legend and has a middle-aged baseball fan ... more


Exhilarating and Exuberant! “Damn Yankees” Breaks Racial Barriers and Reveals Our Sports Fixation at the Ordway

June 23, 2015 12:26 pm | Leave your thoughts

By John Townsend, Lavender Magazine The Ordway Center’s in-house productions of big musicals are generally Broadway caliber and their current staging of Damn Yankees lives up to that rep. Co-directors/choreographers James Rocco and Sharon Halley capture the 1955 contemporary re-telling of the Faust legend with full grasp of the textures of the “I Like Ike” decade while interracially casting its central married relationship. Lawrence Clayton and Ann Morrison create a loving, cosy chemistry as Joe and Meg Boyd. ... more


Ordway announces 23rd annual Sally Ordway Irvine Award Recipients

June 23, 2015 8:10 am | Leave your thoughts

Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievements in arts access, commitment, education, initiative and vision The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce the recipients of the 23rd annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. The prestigious Sally Awards recognize and honor individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich the state through their commitment to the arts and arts education.   The 23rd annual Sally Award winners are: ARTS ACCESS: Edge Center for the Arts COMMITMENT: ... more


Monte Wheeler

Monte Wheeler relishes chance to play the Devil in Ordway’s Damn Yankees

June 22, 2015 1:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Ed Huyck, City Pages Monte Wheeler likes playing bad men. And he’s got a doozy in the Ordway’s new production of Damn Yankees: the devil himself. “I have always loved playing villainous characters. They are the most fun, particularly if they are humorous in some way. The audience loves it when the villain gets foiled and gets his comeuppance. I really love to be the person to present those high stakes,” says Wheeler, who ... more


(L to R)Tari Kelly as Lola and Monte Wheeler as Mr. Applegate

5Q with Damn Yankees’ Monte Wheeler

June 22, 2015 12:11 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Shane Lueck, Lavender Magazine Damn Yankees is a musical comedy modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. The musical is based on Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant and tells the story of aging baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, who is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the Devil (literally) ... more


Tari Kelly as Lola

Review: “Damn Yankees” at the Ordway Center

June 22, 2015 12:08 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Cherry and Spoon In the fall of 1987, I was in my second year of junior high, a time that’s not kind to a quiet, smart girl with glasses, braces, and frizzy hair. But something happened that made all of the bad stuff go away. The Minnesota Twins won the World Series. My parents had been taking me to Twins games since I was a wee one. I even have vague memories of the ... more


Allen Fitzpatrick and Randy Schmeling

Review: Damn Yankees at The Ordway

June 22, 2015 12:00 pm | Leave your thoughts

By One Girl, Two Cities The Ordway offers a free program called Urbanites for young professionals ages 21-35, and through this group I had the opportunity to see the movie Damn Yankees for the first time last month. Joe sells his soul to the devil to help his favorite baseball team, the Washington Senators, beat the Yankees and win the pennant. If you’re not up on your local sports history, the real Senators moved to ... more


Ordway’s ‘Damn Yankees’ loads the bases with this winning production

June 19, 2015 3:08 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press The singers hit it out of the park in the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ “Damn Yankees.” Featuring a baseball player who frets, “You can’t play good if you’re worried” (a sentiment Twins manager Paul Molitor has repeatedly expressed over the past couple of weeks), the buoyant “Damn Yankees” is nicely timed to yank Twins fans out of their funk. It’s about the Washington Senators — who, a pre-show ... more


Thay Floyd as Joe Hardy, Gary Briggle as the Commissioner, and Kersten Rodau as Gloria Thorpe

Ordway knocks ‘Damn Yankees’ out of the park

June 19, 2015 12:04 pm | Leave your thoughts

REVIEW: Skill and heart also help to make Ordway Center’s zippy production of “Damn Yankees” a splashy success. By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune   “Baseball is 50 percent skill,” the manager tells his perennially losing team, the Washington Senators, in “Damn Yankees.” The rest of the formula is heart — as in “You’ve Got to Have Heart.” Skill and heart also help to make Ordway Center’s zippy production of “Damn Yankees” a splashy success. I ... more