Damn Yankees opens Friday, Sept. 12
Beginning September 12, the Cumberland County Playhouse promises audiences a devilishly good time as they present Damn Yankees, the Tony Award-winning musical thatts all about America's favorite pastime, baseball!
Middle-aged Joe Boyd (Jim Crabtree) will do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win the pennant—even sell his soul to the Devil. So when charming Mr. Applegate (Jason Ross, pictured above) offers him the chance to dethrone the Yankees and lead his team to the pennant, Joe can't resist the temptation.
However, when transformed into the baseball sensation of the year, young Joe Hardy (Blake Graham) must decide if the life he gave up is more important than youth and fame. Only with the help of the Devil's sultry seductress Lola (Leila Nelson) does Hardy have a chance at redemption.
Co-sponsored by the Beef & Barrel Restaurant & Lounge/The Blind Zebra Sports Bar & Grill/Red's Ale House,
and Vianney E. Villaruz, M.D., Cardiology CMG-CMM
It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues plays thru Oct. 25
Much more than just a musical revue, It Ain’t Nothin' But The Blues lets the audience discover the history of the Blues—from African roots and delta spirituals—and explores the regions of our country that provided the most fertile soil for this uniquely American art form to flourish.
The Playhouse production is set in a gallery filled with paintings of the Blues scene, and as the paintings come to life, so do the vibrant stories contained in these memorable songs.
By Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor, & Dan Wheetman
Sponsored by Cumberland County Bank.
Smoke on the Mountain extended through Oct. 4
Smoke on the Mountain, now in its twenty-first consecutive year at the Playhouse, continues to play to sold-out crowds and delight audiences again and again.
"The publisher, Samuel French, Inc.—the oldest and largest publisher for plays and musicals in the world—tells us it's the most popular show they license," says director Weslie Webster.
The setting for Smoke is the year is 1938. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, NC, and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an uplifting evening of song.
The audience becomes the congregation as two dozen traditional and original hymns weave together with stories of witness from family members, along with a healthy dose of laughter.
Sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.