UK Premier of the Off-Broadway hit! The musical 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.. YANK…tells Stu’s, Mitch’s, and Artie’s stories, as well as the stories of the other men in Charlie Company. It explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against you.
Runs 9th March - 8th April 2017
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2017 12:50:40 GMT by BurlyBeaR: Edited to include London venue
Really enjoyed it tonight. Great cast, good story, great vocals especially from Scott Hunter and Barnaby Hughes as Stu and Mitchell. Both very watchable as well. Sarah Young as the only female took your eye and ears whenever she was on in a variety of roles. I've only seen Tom Lloyd before when he was in Parade at Hope Mill and he played a fairly small role as an Italian conscript. I was speaking to James the director before the show and he was pretty pleased how well they'd done with a very short rehearsal period. This was only the 2nd preview and there were some microphone issues,too quiet at times and the odd lighting miscue.
The stage is at one end so you enter from the small door inside the bar area. It is Raked pretty well and has about 12 rows. Sound and effects were good and the band sounded fairly tight.
Some laughs and some serious bits, a BIT camp at times but a good show. And if you want to see a bare backside.... Enjoy and support another excellent show at Hope Mill Pretty well full house as well
Thought this was excellent. Really strong ensemble and Scott Hunter and Barnaby Hughes give two of the best performances I've seen in a while. They play it with complete conviction and sincerity, plus have lovely voices too. Great support from the rest of the cast, very versatile and a sudden tap number is only ever a good thing in my book. An ambitious choice of show that definitely pays off.
Saw it today (Sunday 6pm performance, very civilised!) and overall enjoyed it. Act one is the weaker, the book trots along at a pace, sometimes a bit TOO fast (from tentative blokey neck massage to full on declaration of "I love you" on a bunk bed in about 45 seconds) but there was something amiss. It wasn't the "Stenographer girls" that some reviewers have been raising eyebrows at. I find it completely believable that slightly effeminate homosexuals would be abolished to office jobs where they'd camp it up hugely when not under the eye of an officer. If we're supposed to somehow not refer to that because it stereotypes gay men then it's not very truthful is it. I think Act 1 was a bit too long and I'm afraid the songs in this show are not very memorable so it dragged a bit.
Act 2 turns things round completely. Much much darker and a huge emotional impact in the storyline as the consequences of the gay relationship are played out brilliantly by the two leads. Scott Hunter as Stu, the main protagonist, is brilliant.
Act One 2.5 stars. Act Two 4.5 stars. Let's go 3.5 overall. Definitely worth a look.
I saw this tonight and frankly, it blew me away. First of all, it is a love story "against the odds", a gay love story, but love is love. Set during WW2 the music and lyrics are so very true to the period, as is the homophobia of the troops. the self loathing of Mitch and the optimism of Stu. The piece has the right balance of comedy and tense drama perhaps one too many "torch songs" but they are the currency of the time. Sarah Louise Hughes plays her multiple roles with reality and relish. There isn't a dud performance in the cast and Scott Hunter and Barnaby Hughes are outstanding. Beautiful orchestrations and stunning choreography brilliantly executed. The later is no mean feat considering the space they are working in. Well worth a view. I hope it has another life after Manchester.
This was also my first visit to Hope Mill, it won't be my last, it has a wonderful vibe.