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The Broadway musical hit, Damn Yankees, is a retelling of the "Faust" legend. Aging baseball fan Joe Boyd is given a chance to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory by a devilish gent named Applegate. Boyd is transformed into handsome young "Shoeless" Joe Hardy from Hannibal, Mo.
Joe becomes the Senators' star player, but at the price of his immortal soul; he isn't terribly worried, though, since he's built an escape clause into his contract with Applegate. To see that Joe doesn't get a chance to exercise that clause, Applegate sends his luscious assistant Lola to seduce the ballplayer.
This effort doesn't work, but Applegate still manages to cause Joe to lose his chance at salvation. But there is still a ray of hope--if Hardy can win the deciding pennant game, he'll be able to foil Applegate's master plan of causing the Senators to lose.
With Lola's aid, Joe gives the devil more than his due. The principal selling points of Damn Yankees are the wonderful Richard Adler/Jerry Ross songs, including "You've Gotta Have Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets."
Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, Damn Yankees opened on Broadway in May 1955 with Gwen Verdon as Lola. It played over 1000 performances. A successful Broadway revival run of over 700 performances opened in March 1994 and starred Bebe Neuwirth as Lola.