Published January 18, 2007
Holy Cross Church will present the musical comedy “Damn Yankees” in mid-February. Proceeds will benefit the parish’s Friends of St. Martin de Porres ministry to the homeless.
“Damn Yankees” depicts Joe Boyd (Dennis Nelson), a middle-aged husband of the 1950s who’s crazy about baseball but frustrated with his Washington Senators. He mumbles that he would do anything to have the Senators win the pennant—just once! Suddenly, the devil’s right there, making him a deal he can’t refuse. Satan (portrayed by Alan Dodson) tells Joe that he can make him the greatest baseball player ever, but it will cost him his soul. Joe accepts but forces the devil to agree to an escape clause, the deadline for which is the last day of the baseball season. What happens next puts Joe (now known as Joe Hardy, played by David Azzarello) into a life-changing dilemma: will he return to his wife (Kimberly Schmidt) at home, or fall for the assistant temptress, Lola (played by Jennifer Winterscheidt) and sacrifice his soul?
This exciting, fun-filled musical comedy is directed by Gail Goodman, director of music ministry at Holy Cross. The show schedule is as follows: Friday, Feb. 9, dinner and show, with dinner beginning at 7 p.m., and the show following at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. On Saturday, Feb. 10, a dinner buffet and show are offered, with dinner beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. A matinee show will be presented Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 a person and $6 for those under age 12. The shows only repeat the next weekend on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. A matinee show will be offered on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m.
Tickets will be sold after all weekend Masses at Holy Cross, which is located at 3373 Chamblee-Tucker Road. Tickets for food-connected shows require advance sales (reserved seating) and can only be purchased after Mass in the gathering area at Holy Cross. Tickets for show-only performances (open-seating) will be available after Mass, from the church office and at the door 30 minutes before curtain, if seating is still available.