Sunday, November 25, 2007
Just Say No to Frank McCourt
Went to see the Reprise! production of "Damn Yankees" tonight. Reprise! has been successful at presenting classic Broadway musicals. Sadly, on this show they took a donation from the Dodgers and in exchange "updated" the show so that it centers on a Dodgers fan rather than the way it was written -- about a Washington Senators fan.
Of course, the change makes no sense because the Yankees are in the American League and the Dodgers are in the National League -- so they'd never compete for a pennant.
The book was updated to include references to the 80s and the choreography includes hip hop and other modern dance.
Reprise! ought to stick to its knitting and present classics as they were originally written otherwise they risk losing their exclamation point!