Damn Yankees – Roles & Ranges

Character Breakdown for DAMN YANKEES:
All Ages are Approximate. ALL roles are still available.

Applegate (35 – 60): humorous, cynical devil, skilled actor, great timing, character baritone. He is consumed with winning the soul of Joe Boyd, and makes the deal with Joe that the play hinges on: Joe being transformed to a great baseball player for the Washington Senators, in exchange for his soul at the end of the season.

Joe Boyd (50 – 65): (later called Joe Hardy): A middle-aged baseball fanatic, Joe would do anything to help his beloved Washington Senators take the pennant, including selling his soul. In fact, he does strike a deal with the devil, who transforms him into a young slugger who saves the season for the Senators. However, the deal also requires Joe to give up his life, including his beloved wife, excellent singer, baritone

Meg Boyd (40 – 60): Joe’s wife, Meg is devoted and understanding, loving, mature, excellent singer, mezzo. When Joe disappears, she continues to hope against hope that he will return.

Joe Hardy (18 – 28): Respectful, athletic, young, clean-cut, all-American type, excellent singer, baritone. Joe Hardy is who Joe Boyd becomes when he makes his deal with Applegate.

Lola (25 – 35): Ultimate seductress, works for Applegate, excellent dancer, singer, actress, belt range. Lola is assigned to seduce Joe and take his mind off his wife, thus fulfilling his contract and losing his soul to the devil. However, deep inside, Lola has a soft heart, especially for Joe.

Gloria (25 – 35): Feisty young reporter, strong belt voice, dance ability.

Van Buren (35 – 60): The hard-working manager of the Washington Senators with great heart but no luck, must sing well, baritone.

Rocky, Smokey, Vernon (18 – 40): Baseball players for the Washington Senators, must sing harmony and move well (Featured in the number “Heart”), good sense of comedy.

Doris (35 – 65): Strong character actress, any size or ethnicity, great comedic timing, silly and funny, Meg’s best friend. Alto.

Sister (30 -70): Strong character actress, any size or ethnicity, great comedic timing, Mezzo.

Eddie (25-35): Excellent dancer capable of executing Fosse choreography. Featured in the number “Who’s Got The Pain” with Lola. This actor can double in other roles if desired.

Other featured players for the Washington Senators: (Sohovik, Linville, Henry, Bryan, Bouley, Lowe, Mickey) Must sing well. Movement a plus.

Mr. Welch (40 – 65): Owner of The Washington Senators, hard, enthusiastic, wealthy, high-strung (Non-singer okay).

The Commissioner (50 – 80): Male, fun-loving alcoholic, strong character actor (Non-singer okay).

Looking for a strong ensemble: Women and men between the ages of 18 and 40 who will play wives, reporters, husbands, fans, etc. Must sing well and be able to move.