Hayes, Krakowski to star in ‘Yankees’

Summer Stars production to run July 5-27

Sean Hayes and Jane Krakowski will star in a revival of the 1955 Faustian baseball musical “Damn Yankees,” running July 5-27 at NY City Center as the second entry in the Encores! annual Summer Stars series.

An expanded spinoff of the regular Encores! lineup of semi-staged presentations of forgotten or under-exposed tuners, Summer Stars was designed to showcase more celebrated musicals with marquee talent. The series kicked off last year with Arthur Laurents’ staging of “Gypsy,” starring Patti LuPone, which has since transferred to a Broadway run at the St. James, earning stellar reviews when it opened March 27.

John Rando (“Urinetown”) will direct “Damn Yankees,” with Hayes starring as the Devil, who bargains for the soul of a Washington Senators fan, aided by Krakowski as the seductive Lola.

The original production played 1,019 performances on Broadway, winning Tonys for best musical and for leads Ray Walston and Gwen Verdon. The show has a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop. Music director for the Encores! run is Rob Berman.

Krakowski’s recent stage appearances include the 2003 Broadway production of “Nine,” for which she won a featured actress Tony, and the 2005 West End revival of “Guys and Dolls.” Hayes will be making his New York stage debut.

Official opening for “Damn Yankees” is July 10.

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