Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yank: A WWII (Gay) Love Story

"At a time when don't ask, don't tell is again in the headlines, along comes an affecting little show called Yank! to give the topic of gays in the military a potent musical-theatre platform," reports the "Though framed by the present, the setting for much of the evening is Second World War, where draftees are preparing to become soldiers. And one, in particular, is discovering his sexuality. You can tell its authors have gorged on 1940s movies, both Second World War dramas and home-front musicals laced with a patriotic fervour. Yank! even includes a dream ballet, a popular convention at the time, especially after its use in the biggest musical stage hit of the 1940s, Oklahoma! 

A Review of Yank!

"Since its 2007 run, the musical has taken on a telling subtitle that reads: A WWII Love Story," writes Joe Dziemianowicz, "Yank! is [also] about homophobia... it charts the relationship of Stu (Bobby Steggert), a naive young gay recruit who comes to accept who he is, and hunky older soldier Mitch (Ivan Hernandez), who fights a never-ending battle to accept his attraction to men. There's much to celebrate about this timely and likable... READ MORE

Yank: A WWII Love Story is playing at Theatre at St. Peter's in New York City.

The theatre is located at 619 Lexington Ave.

Yank: A WWII Love Story will run until March 21, 2010.

Tickets: $20-$67.50; (212) 935-5820 or visit York