Yank!, a new Off-Broadway musical, based on a World War II love story has gotten fantastic reviews. The NY Times calls it, “sublime… a fine mix of humor and simmering drama”. Variety reports that Yank! is, “… a bright, original and moving winner of a musical that earns its exclamation point.” And the positive reviews keep pouring in. They’ve even extended the run two weeks longer than originally planned, which will mean that I’ll have a chance to check it out when I’m in New York City later this month.
I think one of the things that most impresses me about this particular show (so far) is their ability to present their musical with a very dynamic website that allows users to become familiar with the show before they have an opportunity to see it. You can listen to some of the music, download sheet music, check out rehearsal pictures and even get some in-depth background information about the show. It’s never pretentious or aloof. Yank!’s composer/bookwriter – Zellnik and Zellnik (they’re brothers) – want their show to be accessible to the public in ways that most new musical theatre productions aren’t and it’s proving to be very successful!
Here’s a brief synopsis of Yank!: (Read the full one here.)
Yank! begins with a young man in present-day San Francisco who finds an old diary in a junk shop…
Through the journal we learn 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…
Luckily, I got a hold of a demo recording of Yank! and I wanted to share a few songs with you! If you have a chance to see it in New York City in the next couple of weeks, then do! I’ve only heard good things about this new show!
If you can’t see it then hopefully, listening to a few of the songs will help satisfy your curiosity!
Listen to a few of my favorite songs from the musical, “Yank!”:
“Saddest Gal What Am”
If you don’t already follow @YanktheMusical on Twitter, then you should! They are a great follow!