So thrilled to announce that Yank! in Brazil won four national theatre prizes!
The Cenym Awards awarded our show "Best Cast" (deeply deserved!), "Best Song" (A Couple of Regular Guys), "Best Poster" (Congrats Thiago!)...
...and "Best Musical!" Utterly overwhelming for our scrappy musical produced with a lot of heart...and very little cash.
I'm so proud of the team that made this such a unique version of Yank!, its first in another language. So honored that Yank! can speak to a Brazilian audience, especially during this time of crisis and increased homophobia across the nation.
The talent in Rio was immense and I hope the show comes back for another season (in the works!) Till then, winning these awards certainly is deeply humbling and immensely gratifying.
An exciting few weeks for my one-acts. A theatre in Italy remounted 3 of my favorites, in Italian!: Karmic Thunder, Mohammed and the Sleeping Cat, and Sunday Paper - all plays about time passing, what we owe our friends and lovers, and the roiling inner lives we often hide.
Then November 18th, under the excellent direction of Noelle Ghoussaini, my new play THE SCHMOOZE (written under the pen name Ah@d Ha'@m) is premiering at Columbia's Lenfest Center. You can read it on Break the Wall ...and while you're there, check out our new plays for this website project, started by me with Ismail Khalidi!
Very excited to report that Yank! in Chicago has been cast! And what a cast! Plus I have always wanted to work with Director David Zak, so I am pleased as punch!) Yank! is in excellent hands for its Chicago Premiere ... I can't wait to fly out and see it. And if you're in Chicago, meet me there! -David
YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY CHICAGO PREMIERE Directed by David Zak Choreography by Jenna Schoppe Music Direction by Robert Ollis January 11 - February 18, 2018; Previews Thursday, January 11 through Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, January 14 at 3:30 pm. Preview tickets are $25. PRESS OPENING - Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm Regular performances Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3:30 pm, Wednesdays January 31 and February 7 at 7:30 pm.
@ The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway Tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $30 general admission. There are discounts for students and seniors. Visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.
So thrilled and honored that Yank! in Rio was nominated for 9 national theatre awards! Two of our actors Hugo Bonemer (Stu) and Leandro Terra (Artie) were nominated for acting awards - the only two actors from musicals to be so honored. In addition our cast, choreography, song (Regular Guys), orchestrations, tech, and oh yeah - THE ENTIRE MUSICAL FOR BEST MUSICAL - were nominated. I'm so glad our scrappy show has been noticed and remembered! Fingers crossed! - DZ
It happened! Monday night, we opened at the Charing Cross Theatre in London, a dream come true. What a visceral joy watching this cast in action - the talent on stage and off feels legendary.
And it doesn't hurt that the critics agree! Some highlights below, with more reviews on Yank! in London'sFacebook page!
To have this city I treasure, with a theatre culture second to none, embrace Joe and my show is dizzying. Here's hoping many, many people see this wonderful production! - DZ "A truly lovely surprise - one of the most charming shows in town ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️" Mark Shenton, LondonTheatre.co.uk. Read More
"Yank! is a pretty perfect musical as it stands. The story is compelling, the music never puts a foot wrong – guess what I’m listening to on Spotify as I write this – and the production is just amazing on all levels. The show varies from extreme highs to horrific lows but everything fits together perfectly and, at the end, there was a real poignancy in the glimmer of hopeful light that the story ended with. It was quite poignant that I saw the show a couple of days after Pride when so many LGBT+ people were able to celebrate the freedom to be themselves in a way that Stu and Mitch were never able to. Like so many others I was on my feet at the end cheering and wiping away a tear knowing that I had just experienced something really special." London Theatre 1. Read More!
"Yank! Is a beautiful love story, and one that deserves to be told. The score, cast and choreography are first class and this could easily enjoy a decent West End run, with some upgrading of sets and costumes. While there’s a lot to love, it’s the touching and dynamic performances from Andy Coxon and Scott Hunter, who have this incredible chemistry together, which makes this one of the best musicals to hit London this year." Theatre Weekly. Read More!
"A beautifully moving and heartfelt love story with comedy, danger and pride. A romance blossomed in the troops of WWII that would change lives and history. A fantastic show that’s story you need to see." -All Things Stagey. Read More!
"Tonight marked the West End premiere of the 2010 off-Broadway musical, Yank! which tells the true story of two men who fell in love during World War II. Since making its UK premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, Yank! has been a highly anticipated transfer as people were eager to hear the story that didn't make the history books and last night it opened to staggering applause and a standing ovation." Rewrite This Story. Read more!
"Opening, appropriately enough, the day after the end of this year's Pride, it is hard to think of a more beautifully crafted and engaging plea for love and tolerance than this unexpected gem. The off-Broadway premiere was nominated for the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, and it's not hard to see why." What's On Stage. Read More!
LONDON CULTURE 5*, THEATRE WEEKLY 5*, REWRITE THIS STORY 5*, ALL THINGS STAGEY 5*, LONDON THEATRE 1 5*, LONDON THEATRE 4*, BRITISH THEATRE 4*, WHATSONSTAGE 4*, BROADWAYWORLD 4*, MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW 4*, STAGE TALK 4* GAY TIMES 4*, WEST END WILMA 4* and not forgetting from Manchester: THE GUARDIAN 4*, THE STAGE 4*
So much news! So much press! Our incredibly talented (and not unattractive) Mitch - Andy Coxon - gives an interview on London Live! As done our gorgeous and amazing Stu - Scott Hunter - for Musical Theatre Review!
Press opening is July 10th. I couldn't be more proud of the work the team of Producers, this creative team, and this phenomenal cast and crew are doing! If you're in London, you must come! Simple as that :)
I am beyond overjoyed that our Mrs. Huff - Jane Bement Geesman - has been recognized for her work as the lead in my play, The Udmurts. She was stunning - funny, heartbreaking, tart, and vulnerable. And that it was a full year ago and the Portland Drammys remembered her amazing work makes this all the sweeter!
From a message Jane wrote on Facebook: "On Monday night I got the surprise of my life at the Drammys. I tell you, winning an award like that blew my little mind, and pure joy and gratitude flooded me. Truly."
What a strange and beautiful week in Rio de Janeiro, seeing Yank! in Portuguese, meeting the cast, being stunned by their talent and charm onstage and off....and seeing a different culture embrace a story that feels at once deeply American and, in its own way, universal.
Also I gave a public interview and lecture on the American Musical in Portuguese. Was I perfect? Absolutely not. Was I sweating throughout Yes. But I did it and felt incredibly welcomed. And it was my birthday. Unforgettable!
Plus we're getting raves. Check them out below if you read Portuguese! xDavid ______________________ - "The Most Courageous Show in Rio This Season!" Review by Rodrigo Fonseca! - "With a sensitive story, with a touch of humor, even if it is set in times of horror, such as WWII, "Yank! - The Musical "...offers us with its inspired dramaturgy and music, its choreographies and its actors a small symbolizing image of the indefatigable battle of those who fight the darkness of ignorance and the nefarious prejudice." Review by Paulo Ruch!