-- All Student Production Will Be the Final Show Directed by Tony Award-Nominated Charles Repole, Drama, Theater and Dance Professor at Queens College for 19 Years --
Set in 1950s Washington D.C., Damn Yankees places America’s pastime at center stage with character Joe Boyd’s transformation into a home run hero following a deal with the devil and his comely associate Lola. Boyd must choose between returning to the life and love he’s left behind or continuing in his quest for baseball glory with the Washington Senators against the “damn Yankees.” The score to this 11-time Tony Award-winning favorite—including Best Musical—features such standards as “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets” and “(You Gotta Have) Heart.”
This marks the last outing for Tony Award-nominated Charles Repole, Drama, Theater and Dance Professor at Queens College for 19 years, eight years as department chairperson. Says Repole, quoting from the King and I, “‘It's a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought, that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught.’ It’s been a great ride.”
Wednesday to Friday, April 5, 6, and 7, at 7 pm
Saturday, April 8, at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, April 9, at 3 pm
Queens College Goldstein Theatre, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367
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Tickets $22: Seniors $15, Students $10, with ID
Background: Charles Repole directed highly acclaimed concert versions of DuBarry Was a Lady, starring Faith Prince and Robert Morse, and Call Me Madam, starring Tyne Daly, for the City Center Encores! series. Among his other Broadway directing credits are the revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit at Carnegie Hall, starring Regis Philbin, Marvin Hamlisch, Judy Collins, and Anne Reinking, and the Easter Bonnet Competition at the Palace Theatre (raising millions for AIDS research). He also directed Lyrics and Lyricists’ 25th Year Celebration with Angela Lansbury, Rosie O’Donnell, Joel Grey, and Bebe Neuwirth, as well as Folk Songs USA, starring Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, Art Garfunkel, and Odetta.
Mr. Repole has directed productions of George M! starring Joel Grey, Zorba starring Anthony Quinn, and a critically acclaimed musical version of Animal Crackers at the Goodspeed Opera House. For his production of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, he was nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award.
An accomplished onstage performer, Mr. Repole appeared before Broadway audiences starring in Whoopee! (for which he earned a Drama Desk nomination) and Very Good Eddie (which earned him a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award).
Mr. Repole was the chair of the Queens College Drama, Theatre & Dance Department for eight years. Most recently he created a repertory acting company to perform in high schools and community centers in Queens.