You gotta have heart

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Personally I was disappointed when the new team was named the Nationals rather than the Senators, though I understand the reasons for not re-using the name. However, I’m less obsessive a fan than Joe Boyd, the lead character in Arena Stage’s production of Damn Yankees, who is so rabid in his support that he agrees to sell his soul to the Devil just to give the Senators a winning season over those damn Yankees.

Arena’s production is quite good, and while I’m not really qualified to speak about what people who don’t like musical theatre would enjoy, I think it has pretty broad appeal. I saw it Friday and I highly recommend it.

You might wonder why, if the star of the show is Joe, the above album cover from the 1958 movie soundtrack pictures Lola, the Devil’s henchwoman. There’s two good reasons for this.

  • The best number in the show is without a doubt “Whatever Lola Wants,” both when Gwen Verdon sung it fifty years ago and at Arena when Meg Gillentine does it.
  • She’s in her underwear.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    Sarah Vaughan’s rendition, and the remix done for Verve Remixed 2, are some absolutely classic music. Great song.


  2. Don (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Here’s a funny thing – Mom gave me Verve Remixed 2 for xmas and I haven’t listened to it yet. Didn’t even know that was on there!


  3. WFY (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    I saw it too, sat in the front row, had a great time. Brad Oscar was great as Applegate and Gilletine was RWRORRR!



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