Spend any time with Dan Pessano, director of the new Good Company Players production of “Damn Yankees,” and you quickly learn about two great loves of his life: theater and baseball.
It’s no surprise, then, that Julie Lucido, the musical’s choreographer — and not a big baseball fan herself — was a little apprehensive going into the production.
“A baseball show with Dan? Yes, I was a bit nervous, especially as I tried to merge dance moves with baseball terms,” she says.
The classic musical is packed with numerous insider baseball references related not only to the 1950s, when it’s set, but also to the structure and nuances of the game, including pitching and umpire signs. Which meant an internet crash course for Lucido.
I caught up with her via Facebook messenger to talk about satisfying a baseball-loving director.
Q: Are you a big baseball fan yourself?
A: I don’t even have a favorite team, but fun fact: In high school I was a stats girl for the baseball team for a year which gave me a little introduction and kept be out of trouble after school.