Workshop Production May Help ‘Yank!’ March on BroadwayBy PATRICK HEALY
“Yank!,” a musical that gained a following during its 2010 Off Broadway run, in part because of its provocative love story between World War II servicemen, has lead actors in place for a four-week developmental workshop this fall that might be a prelude to a Broadway production.
Bobby Steggert (“Ragtime”) will reprise his performance as the main character Stu from the York Theater Company production last year, while Santino Fontana (the recent Broadway revival of “The Importance of Being Earnest”) will succeed Ivan Hernandez in the role of Mitch, who falls by fits and starts into a romance with Stu. A spokesman for the Old Globe Theater, which is producing the workshop, confirmed the casting lineup on Wednesday.
Nellie McKay (“The Threepenny Opera”), Jeffrey Howard Schecter (the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line”), Tyler Maynard (“Altar Boyz”) and Tally Sessions (who was also in the York production of “Yank!”) are among others in the cast. David Cromer (“Our Town,” “The House of Blue Leaves) will direct the workshop, which is scheduled to run Oct. 24 to Nov. 17.
Mr. Cromer said in an interview that the musical’s creators, David and Joseph Zellnik, who are brothers, had written several new songs and revised and sharpened the script. “It’s ultimately the same story as seen before, but David and Joe have made the joyous parts more explosive, and the painful love story even more powerful,” Mr. Cromer said.
No plans for a future production, on Broadway or elsewhere, have been announced. The theater producers Barry Weissler, Maren Berthelsen, Pam Koslow and Stuart Wilk are attached to “Yank!” for a possible commercial run in the future.