Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. Written by
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It's a picture in a million! Starring that girl in a million, the red-headed darling of the Broadway show, Gwen Verdon!
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"Damn Yankees", nominated in 1956 for nine 'Tony Awards', winning seven 'Tonys', is George Abbott's 1955 Broadway musical filmed in Hollywood minus the Broadway lead Stephen Douglass "Joe Hardy" leading Tony nominated performer, replaced in the film by Tab Hunter. The Broadway producers Harold Prince, Robert Griffith and Frederick Brisson decided the lead actress for the Broadway part of "Lola" had to be a dancer. They offered the role to both movie actress Mitzi Gaynor and ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire, each of whom turned them down. Gwen Verdon had previously received raves for a solo performance in the musical "Pal Joey". Offered the role, Gwen Verdon turned down the role, with Bob Fosse convincing her reconsideration for the musical. With the success of the Broadway musical, Jack Warner optioned the Broadway musical, with George Abbott and Stanley Donen sharing directorial credit. George Abbott wanted Don Murray for the "Joe Hardy" role. Jack Warner insisted Tab Hunter be cast in the role. Abbott fought with Jack Warner over his lead "Lola" role choice of Mitzy Gaynor or Marylin Monroe, fighting to keep Gwen Verdon and Ray Rhalston from his NYC Broadway musical. The entire film cast, the original Broadway show cast, was moved from NYC to Burbank to film the theatrical property. The New York cast, during Burbank rehearsals, called Hunter by the name Gwen Verdon used, with a Brooklynesse accent, "Tabunter". Hunter found his role difficult because he was not in the original Broadway cast. George Abbott, during filming, demanded Jack Warner replace Tab Hunter because he felt Hunter was too faggy. See more
When talking to Albert Linville's character, Vernon, another actor makes the mistake of referring to Linville by his off-screen nickname of Linvy, rather than his character's name. See more
So what the heck's the use of cryin'? / Why should we curse? / We gotta get better / 'cause we can't get worse!
Whatever Lola Wants
Music by Richard Adler
Lyrics by Jerry Ross
Performed by Gwen Verdon See more