Tigers vs. Yankees at CroswellWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Detroit Tigers are taking on the damn Yankees again this weekend — this time at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Mich., less than an hour’s drive from Toledo.
“We’re really excited,” said Ann Cooley, the show’s director and choreographer. “We’re going to have a fantastic production here.”
“Damn Yankees,” a comedy with a serious love story, runs Aug. 27-28 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. Originally about the Washington Senators, the musical has taken a local twist: the Tigers, not the Senators, will play the New York Yankees.
“I think the audience will enjoy that little bit of local flavor,” Cooley said.
In the show, Joe Boyd (Jim Craig) makes a deal with Mr. Applegate (Mark DiPietro), the devil: Boyd will become the 22-year-old player the Tigers need to beat the Yankees, and he has until 9 p.m. on final game day to return to his old self and go home to his wife.
“Any time you get to play with someone making a deal with the devil … I just think there’s a lot of fun in the piece,” Cooley said.
Musical numbers include “You’ve Gotta Have Heart,” “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Shoeless Joe.”
Cooley, originally from Tecumseh, Mich., has performed at Croswell before, but went to New York for a musical theater career. She’s been away from Michigan for about 20 years, she said, and this is her second time back at Croswell.
“I’m excited to be back,” she said. “It’s just a pleasure to be back at a place where I grew up.”
Those who enjoyed the 1958 movie are still in for a treat, Cooley said.
“There’s nothing in the world like seeing a live production of something, seeing real actors on stage, singing and dancing, and seeing a real, real musical, a big musical being done before your very eyes,” she said. “I love the movie Damn Yankees. It’s a blast. But it’s a real treat to come see the house lights go to half and hear that overture and those 18 pieces and see real people up on stage. That’s something that gets lost a lot nowadays.”
Tickets are available at (517) 264-7469 or at Croswell.org.