YANK!

Genre: Lesbian+Gay, Musical
music by Joseh Zellnik, book and lyrics by David Zellnik, directed by Igor Goldin

Doug Kreeger (who made a splash last spring playing a child-murderer in the York Theatre's Leopold & Loeb musical Thrill Me ) has just signed on to play Stu, a war photographer for Yank magazine yes, it was a real WWII-era publication, written by army servicemen themselves and distributed among the troops and the central character of the musical YANK! (the character is in every scene and never leaves the stage!) The show takes the form of a memory play, as an elderly Stu in a nursing home remembers his experiences during the WW2 in the Pacific, most especially his romance with fellow soldier Mitch.

YANK! takes a look at the often overlooked gay men who fought and loved in the ranks during WWII. The show pays loving homage to both Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind to make a platoon" war flicks as well as the 1940's Broadway lyricism of Rodgers and Hammerstein (the show even features a Dream Ballet). In addition to being suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie) YANK! explores what stories get told in wartime, what gets remembered, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together.

Musical Director: Rob Berman
Choreographer Chase Brock
About the Company: New York Musical Theater Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, New World Stages, NASDAQ OMX, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMenEvent.com, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. NYMF's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

Open:   09/14/05
Close:   09/21/05

Schedule:
Wednesday, September 14th at 8 PM
Friday, September 16th at 8 PM
Satruday, September 17th at 1 PM
Sunday, September 18th at 1 PM and 4:30 PM
Wednesday, September 21st at 4:30 PM and 8 PM.
Theater:   Beckett Theater - Theater Row
Address:   410 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$15.00
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Company: New York Musical Theater Festival         Official Web Site: www.nymf.org