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Stepping Out

"Damn" opening


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Mr. Applegate (Jeff Clarke) eyes protégé Lola (Jen Wheatonfox) in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Damn Yankees,” opening Friday.

Foothill Music Theatre is slated to present the Tony Award-winning musical “Damn Yankees” Friday through Aug. 18 in Los Altos Hills.

The musical, which debuted on Broadway nearly 60 years ago, is a classic tale of baseball and love – and the high stakes one player will take to help his team get a shot in the big leagues. The play is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.”

When baseball fanatic Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil, he has one request – the chance to lead his favorite team, the flailing Washington Senators, to victory against the New York Yankees. Joe transforms from middle-aged zero to baseball hero Joe Hardy, reinvigorating his hapless team members into champions. But deals with the devil come with a price – in exchange for new glory, Joe overlooks the value of his old life until it is nearly too late.

Los Altos native Tom Gough directs the production, supported by Catherine Snider (music direction) and Katie O’Bryon (choreography). The musical stars Jeff Clarke (as Mr. Applegate), Jen Wheatonfox (Lola) and Dan Mitchell (Joe Hardy). Featured cast members include Richard Lewis (Van Buren), Caitlyn Lawrence-Papp (Gloria), Ryan Henry (Commissioner Lynch), Matt Tipton (Joe Boyd) and Mary Melnick (Meg Boyd).

The production will be held in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $10-$28; parking is $3.

For tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit foothillmusicals.com.

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