Damn Yankees

Musical - Original

46th Street Theatre (May 05, 1955 - May 04, 1957)
Adelphi Theatre (May 06, 1957 - October 12, 1957)
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  • Opening Date: May 5, 1955
  • Closing Date: October 12, 1957
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  • Performances: 1019

Book: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop

Lyrics: Jerry Ross, Richard Adler

Music: Jerry Ross, Richard Adler


A middle-aged man sells his soul to the devil to become a crackerjack baseball player who can help his beloved Washington Senators beat the Yankees in the World Series. But despite the devil's best attempts — including the sexy Lola — to keep him under his sway, the man wants to return to his wife.


Opening Night Cast

Stephen Douglass Joe Hardy
Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees Gwen Verdon Lola
Ray Walston Applegate
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Opening Night Production Credits

George Abbott George Abbott Book
  Douglass Wallop Book
Richard Adler Richard Adler Music
  Jerry Ross Music
Richard Adler Richard Adler Lyrics
  Jerry Ross Lyrics
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1956 Actor in a Musical Ray Walston Winner
1956 Actor in a Musical Stephen Douglass Nominee
1956 Actress in a Musical Gwen Verdon Winner
1956 Choreography Bob Fosse Winner
1956 Composer and Lyricist Jerry Ross
Richard Adler
1956 Conductor and Musical Director Harold Hastings Winner
1956 Featured Actor in a Musical Russ Brown Winner
1956 Featured Actress in a Musical Rae Allen Nominee
1956 Musical   Winner
1956 Stage Technician Harry Green Winner
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