Thursday, September 20, 2018

#TBT: Damn Yankees Baseball Cards

So I was cleaning my bookcases the other day, and I pulled out a large 3-ring binder from the oft-forgotten bottom shelf. Inside were pages and pages of Broadway memories. The back pages included one of my favorite show-specific pieces of merch from the 1994 Broadway revival of Damn Yankees.

I loved that show so much, I saw it 6 times! I loved everything about it - the funny retro-ish book, the delightful score, the dancing, the performances - everything! I also really loved the merch they had - the window card hangs in my living room to this day. But my favorite by far was the set of Topp's baseball cards they sold. I had to have it!

It was a set of twenty, including "player cards," a "team" card, and a few "action" cards (they called them "showstoppers"). The fronts featured vintage-style set ups of cast photos, the curtain call, and some signature production shots. The backs included write-ups about the cards' subjects. Here they are - click to enlarge them!

 Plus! Here's a look at that terrific revival. I can't believe that was 24 years ago already!

Fun Facts about Damn Yankees (1994):

  • The show played TWO preview periods and had TWO openings at the Marquis Theatre!
  • The production was honored with 4 Tony Award nods, including Best Revival of a Musical. Jarrod Emick won for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
  • The original cast began its 18 previews on February 14, 1994 and ran for 350 performances through December 31, 1994.
  • The company went on hiatus from January 1 - February 28, 1995 to accommodate rehearsals for its new star, Jerry Lewis. 
  • The production played a second preview period of 15 performances, officially re-opening on March 12, 1995.
  • The show closed on August 6, 1996 after another 169 shows, for a total of 519 performances.

Bebe Neuwirth and Victor Garber
Lola and Applegate

Tony Award-winner Jarrod Emick and Bebe Neuwirth
"Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)"

Joe Hardy meets the Washington Senators

Even though I haven't looked at them in years, the memories came flooding back. And the cards are in pristine shape - carefully encased in baseball card collector sleeves. (Thanks, Dad!)


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