Johnny Baseball

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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.

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Group rates and VIP Box Seats available!


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 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.

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




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



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