The Off-Broadway premiere of the musical Yank! featuring music by Joseph Zellnik, book and lyrics by David Zellnik, and directed by Igor Goldin, opened this week, Wednesday, February 24th to much acclaim at The Theatre at Saint Peter's. BroadwayWorld brings you a behind the scenes look of a Yank! rehearsal, narrated by cast member Tally Sessions.
The cast of Yank! includes Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, 110 in the Shade), Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act), Jeffry Denman (White Christmas, The Producers), Ivan Hernandez (Romantic Poetry, The Fantasticks), Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening), Zak Edwards (Encores! No No Nanette), Todd Faulkner (PBS' "Wordscape"), Denis Lambert (A Chorus Line), Joseph Medeiros (Guys and Dolls, Grease), David Perlman (Calvin Berger at Barrington Stage), Christopher Ruth (Happy Days at Paper Mill/Goodspeed) and Tally Sessions (South Pacific).
Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the relationship between two servicemen long before "Don't-ask-don't-tell" was part of the national discussion. With a lively score inspired by the pop sounds of the 1940's, Yank! captures the spirit and exuberance of the era as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival.
The creative team for Yank! also includes music direction by John Baxindine, choreography by Jeffry Denman, set design by Ray Klausen, costume design by Tricia Barsamian and lighting design by Ken Lapham. The musical is produced by arrangement with Maren Berthelsen, Pamela Koslow, Stuart Wilk, Matt Schicker, Hugh Hayes, Jim Kierstead, Shidan Majidi and Sondra Healy.
Visit www.yorktheatre.org for the complete performance schedule. Tickets are $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the The Theatre at Saint Peter's box office (enter on 54th Street, just East of Lexington), and are currently on sale through Sunday, March 21st.