When "Damn Yankees" takes its first swings at Laguna Beach High School's Artists Theater this weekend, it'll be a homecoming of sorts for a number of musical theater performers who graduated from Laguna Beach High over the past decade.
The Gallimaufry Performing Arts rendition of the musical fantasy will be staged for two weekends and only six performances under the direction of Steve Josephson, artistic director of the Laguna company, and choreographer Andrew Ruesch.
The show imagines what might happen if the Washington Senators (this being the 1950s) actually won the American League pennant over the hated New York Yankees. Angels fans can insert their own fantasies here.
Of course, such an event would be impossible without a little devilish outside assistance. Thus, "Mr. Applegate" appears to offer middle-aged Senators fan Joe Boyd the chance to drop 20 years and 20 pounds and help Washington shed the label "first in war, first in peace and last in the American League."