Pride Films and Plays presents YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY – Preview

YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY is the story of a midwestern boy who joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. David Zak is directing the musical, with Robert Ollis providing musical direction and Jenna Schoppe choreography.

YANK!, originally produced off-Broadway in 2010, is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie), it explores what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together. It’s the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted in 1943, and who – like most guys – spends Basic Training wrestling with fears of whether he “has what it takes” to make it in the Army. But unlike most guys, Stu also falls in love with a fellow Private, a handsome All-American guy named Mitch. When Stu strikes a friendship with Artie – an unapologetically queer reporter for Yank Magazine, Artie shows Stu a glimpse of the gay world that thrived just beneath the surface of the US Army in the 1940.

 

William Dwyer and Matthew Huston in YANK!
William Dwyer (left) and Matthew Huston (right) Photo by Paul Goyette
The cast of YANK!
The company of Yank! A WWII LOVE STORY Photo by Paul Goyette
Pictured at left -  Foreground: Molly LeCaptain; Back row: L-R: Tommy Thurston, Raymond Goodall, Nate Strain, Marc Prince, Will Kazda, Joe Colajezzi. William Dwyer, Matthew Huston, Will Kazda. Middle row: John Marshall Jr., Xavier Euzarraga, Brian Kulaga.

When:

January 11 - February 18, 2018

Where:

The Broadway
Pride Arts Center
4139 N. Broadway
Chicago
 

Tickets: 

$40 for reserved seats, $30 general admission. There are discounts for students and seniors. Tickets available by phone at 800-737-0984 or at Pride Films and Plays website.

Information on other shows at Pride Arts Center:

IT'S MY PENIS AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO

CHARLES BUSCH: MY KINDA 60'S

 

 

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