Johnny Baseball
A.R.T. Season
May 16, 2010 through July 11, 2010

It traces the origin of the Curse to a collision of three orphaned souls: Johnny O’Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer and the love of Johnny’s life. These three lives contain both the reason for the Curse and the secret to its end off the bat of Big Papi in 2004.  Johnny Baseball packs a thoughtful commentary on American social history into a fun and spirited musical that will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans everywhere.

Plugged In: Johnny Baseball: 

Johnny Baseball on NECN's Style Boston

NECN's Style Boston speaks with members of the creative team and cast of Johnny Baseball.

Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics by Willie Reale
Directed by Diane Paulus

Cast:

Johnny O’Brien Colin Donnell*
Daisy Wyatt Stephanie Umoh*
Barman/Porter/Tim Wyatt  Charl Brown*
Fan 1/Babe Ruth/Crony 1 Burke Moses*
Fan 2/Wally Schang/Ed Barrow/ Jeff Brooks*
Barker/Purdy/Tom Yawkey  
Fan 3/Player 1/Yankee Batter/Chick McHale/ Robert McClure*
Conductor/Snodgrass/Crony 2/Kaplan  
Fan 4/Manager/Player 2/Umpire/Guy 1/Cronin Joe Cassidy*
Vendor/Baron/Porter/Harold/Willie Alan H. Green*
Fan 5/Greta/Razor Girl/Patty Booster/Woman Carly Jibson*
Fan 6/Razor Girl/Nurse/Donna Devine Kaitlyn Davidson*
Fan 7/Cherie/Razor Girl/Genevieve Booster Kirsten Wyatt*
Fan 8/Drunk Woman/Erma Devine Paula Leggett Chase*
Fan 9 Charles Turner*
Robby Erik March
Announcer Zach Villa

 

Creative Staff:

Choreography Peter Pucci
Scenic Design Scott Pask
Costume Design Michael McDonald
Lighting Design Donald Holder
Sound Design ACME Sound Partners
Musical Arrangements Bruce Coughlin
Vocal Arrangements and Music Direction Wendy Bobbitt Cavett
Casting Stephen Kopel
Associate Director Shira Milikowsky 
PR & Marketing Consultants Saragoni & Company
Production Stage Manager  Chris De Camillis*
Stage Manager Katherine Shea*
Assistant Choreographer Zach Villa
Music Copying Emily Grishman, Katherine Edmonds
Dramaturgy Ryan McKittrick, Brendan Shea
Dialect Coach Nancy Houfek
Production Assistant Vanessa Poggioli
Dance Captain Kaitlyn Davidson
Rehearsal Pianist Molly Gachignard

 

Musicians:

Tim Ray Associate Music Director/Conductor/Piano
Mark Pinto Piccolo/Flute/Clarinet/Alto Saxophone
Robert Bowlby Flute/Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone
Rod Ferland Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone
Jay Daly Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Robert Couture Trombone/Euphonium
Joseph Higgins Bass
Michael Ambroszewski Percussion

(*) Members of Actors’ Equity Association


"Musicals and Red Sox fans don’t mix -- until Johnny Baseball is taken into account. The Diane Paulus-directed production, currently in an extended run at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Mass., offers a taste of 2004’s Yawkey Way juxtaposed with the Boston of the early to mid-1900s..." -NESN More

"If you can’t get a ticket to see the Sox, the spirit and culture of Fenway Park can be experienced at a different venue. The A.R.T. has transformed the Loeb Drama Center into a mini ballpark for Johnny Baseball..." -Boston Metro More

"A.R.T. knocks it out of the park again!... An extraordinary ensemble.... Stunning vocals.... [Johnny Baseball has] the kind of heart that would, curse be damned, keep a city rooting for its hometown heroes." -Boston Metro More

WGBH Greater Boston's Jared Bowen talks to the creators of Johnny Baseball. More

Beloved Red Sox alum Bill "Spaceman" Lee (the lefty pitched for the home team from 1969 to 1978) gives his take on Johnny Baseball in this Boston Herald interview. More

An interview with Stephanie Umoh, who plays the role of Daisy Wyatt in Johnny Baseball. More

"Exhilarating.... An engrossing, emotionally resonant story that mingles fact and fiction." - Edge Boston
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Johnny Baseball is "cleverly crafted and terrifically performed.... Helmer Diane Paulus hits a clean line drive straight into center field with a thoughtful, crowd-pleasing and deftly balanced show that even a Yankee could love." - Variety More

"A solid double: a lively story that will please diehard fans and rookies alike." - Boston Globe More

"Just as the Red Sox deserved a World Series win, so too does Boston deserve a musical to call its own…JOHNNY BASEBALL." - Boston Herald

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Press Releases

For immediate release: June 10, 2010 Contact: Jared Fine, jared_fine@harvard.edu, 617 495 2668     American Repertory Theater Is proud to announce that due to popular demand Johnny Baseball has been... More
For Immediate Release April 9, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell, 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory Theater announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere of  Johnny... More
For Immediate release, February 26, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668 kati_mitchell@harvard.edu   American Repertory Theaterpresentsthe world premiere ofJohnny Baseballby Robert Reale, Willie... More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kati MitchellApril 15, 2009 617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory Theater Announces Three Festivals for 2009/10 Season: Festival #1 SHAKESPEARE... More

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Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Group rates and VIP Box Seats available!

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Special panel discussion:
Tues., June 22, 9:45 p.m.

“Race, Sports, and Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come?”
 
A panel discussion moderated by Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America

With panelists:

  • Howard Bryant, senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, and author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston
  • Richard Taylor, CEO of Taylor Smith Realty
  • Alan H. Green, Johnny Baseball cast member
  • Charles Turner, Johnny Baseball cast member

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Pre-performance discussions at 6:30 p.m.:
Wed., May 19; Sun., May 23; Thur., June 10

Post-performance discussions follow the Saturday matinees on:
May 22 (with Richard Dresser, Robert Reale, and Diane Paulus), May 29, June 5, June 12

Special post-performance panel discussions follow the performances on:
Thursday, May 20: A discussion with Richard Dresser, Robert Reale, and Willie Reale

Wednesday, June 9:  A discussion with Richard Dresser, Willie Reale, and historian Martha Ackmann (author of Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League). Moderated by Carol Beggy. Martha Ackmann will sign copies of Curveball before the show and after the discussion.

Performance sponsors:

The World Premiere of JOHNNY BASEBALL is being made possible by a grant from the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards

Restaurant Partner: Legal Sea Foods