Clarksville’s oldest professional theater is hitting it out of the park to close its 36th season of live entertainment.
The home-run hit musical “D--- Yankees” opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre at 8 tonight. In keeping with the theater’s traditional pay-what-you-can opening night, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m for a $5 minimum donation tonight.
America’s favorite pastime takes center stage in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop.
Featuring Clarksville attorney Stacy Turner reprising her role of Lola from the Roxy’s original production, “D--- Yankees” stars Donald Groves as middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, who trades his soul to the Devil (played by Ryan Bowie) for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy (Quinten Patrick Busey), he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team — only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind.
“D--- Yankees” was composed by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with book by George Abbott and Wallop, and is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Performances run through Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on Aug.10 and Aug. 24. There is no 8 p.m. show Aug, 24. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 13 and younger and may be reserved online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at 931-645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to curtain).