New musical chronicles relationship between two WWII-era gay servicemen

Bobby Steggert, left, and Ivan Hernandez in Yank

With “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the national headlines, along comes the York Theatre Company’s new off-Broadway musical about gays in the military.

Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the relationship between two servicemen long before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was part of the national discussion.

With a lively score inspired by the pop sounds of the 1940’s, Yank! captures the spirit and exuberance of the era as it explores questions of prejudice, courage and survival.

While all the characters in Yank! are fictional, all of the situations and viewpoints come directly from memoirs and oral histories of gay (and straight) service members who took part in WWII.

Yank! runs thru March 21 at the Theatre at St. Peter’s in New York City.

It has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

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