Let your preconceptions about musicals go.
Are they gone?
Damn Yankees isn’t your typical song-and-dance routine. It doesn’t prance or pirouette — it swings, slides and, at one point, does the mambo with enough zest for those who drowse through other numbers.
The Springer Opera House brings the love of the game to the stage with its newest show. Featuring hits like You Gotta Have Heart and Whatever Lola Wants, a talented cast and a kick line of baseball players, it’s a humorous ride with more than one surprising twist.
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Take me out to the ball gameIt’s the legend of Faust relocated to 1950s America.
The story centers on one Joe Boyd, a die-hard fan of the Washington Senators who once dreamed of playing in the major leagues. When he utters the fateful phrase, “I’d sell my soul for one good long-ball hitter,” the devil takes him at his word.
In exchange for youth, skills and a place on the team, the fiend, alias Mr. Applegate, purchases Joe’s eternity. Joe contrives for an escape clause, but Applegate counters by bringing in his assistant, the fiery Lola, who tries lure Joe away from his wife. As time runs out and the bases are loaded, it’s anyone’s guess if the Senators will win the pennant and if Joe will lose his soul.
Dinner is servedMake it a night with the classic dinner-and-a-show experience. When purchasing your ticket, you can add on a pre-show meal for only $16. Catered by Celebrity’s, the cuisine combines elegance with ambiance, “with an emphasis on the latter.” (You’ll have to see the show to get the reference.)
The setting of the historic Springer Saloon is intimate, featuring mirrored walls, candlelight and jazz playing in the background. The food is upscale, including a choice of entrée, three sides, bread and assorted desserts.
And the service is exceptional. I can’t recall the last time a waiter has pulled a chair out for me at a restaurant. Something unique to dining at the Springer, I was served by an actor — perhaps playing the role of a server? — who was both attentive and knowledgeable about the theater.
Sounds like a planGet your tickets early. You’ll want a seat near the center if possible but not too close to the stage to allow for a good view of the choreography.
It’s rated PG, so leave the little ones at home. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and March 15-17 with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $38 for adults, $32 for seniors, $25 for military and other public service professionals and $15 for students. Purchase your tickets in person at the Springer Box Office to save the online processing fee.