THEATER: Damn Yankees Is Back At Bat

Centenarian George Abbott's revival with attitude makes a '50s baseball musical one for the ages

When George Abbott unveiled his baseball musical Damn Yankees on Broadway in May 1955, a month before his 68th birthday, he almost certainly didn't expect to attend opening night of a revival nearly 39 years later. He surely didn't expect to be 106 and actively supervising revisions to his libretto about a middle-aged man who sells his soul to the devil for one glorious season as a long-ball hitter. But Abbott was more than a ceremonial presence at last week's gala. He was in the audience for previews night after night -- taking notes. Since well before the revival began tryouts...