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Broadway’s Loss Is Regional Theater’s Gain

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Broadway’s Loss Is Regional Theater’s Gain
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While a Broadway production doesn’t seem to be in the stars for “Yank!,” a musical about a gay American soldier falling in love for the first time in the midst of WWII, the piece will reportedly receive a cast album, and a licensing deal is supposedly in the works.

The musical, created by composer Joseph Zellnik and lyricist David Zellnik, made its Off-Broadway debut in 2010 at the York Theatre Company, starring Tony nominee Bobby Steggert. The musical was well received, garnering seven Drama Desk nominations, two Outer Critics Circle nominations and two Lucille Lortel Award nominations.

While the musical was workshopped at the Old Globe last fall, and expected a Broadway mounting this year or next under the direction of David Cromer, it seems to simply not be in the cards for “Yank!.” The piece, which was first shown at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005, will instead live on in stock, regional, student, and amateur productions across the country.

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