The Red Skies Music Ensemble's "...historical and musical probing of the real story of Katie Casey is one of the most exciting and rewarding projects I've encountered in ages. It's guaranteed to stimulate your mind and tap your feet." Lee Lowenfish, author of the award-winning baseball biography "Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman" and former editor-publisher of Lee Low's New York Jazz Newsletter
"Take Me Out to the
Shine On Harvest Moon
Gee It's a Wonderful Game
Ring Lardner/"Doc" White (1910)
The song's lyrics provide the little known, fascinating connection between baseball, music, suffrage, social activism and vaudeville.
Against the background of the tune's Irish-American heroine, her love of baseball, and women's rights activism, this engaging program traces and animates the social and musical interactions by which the song's chorus grew into one of America's most popular refrains.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
2012 Performance Musicians photo: Kevin Yatarola
Performance photos: Janice Wood Wetzel
The selection provided here were recorded live at the 2012 performance.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Music and Recorded Sound Division; Billy Rose Theatre Division. The New York Public Library: Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.
Artistic Director/Curator: Trudy Williams
Curator/Music Director: George Boziwick
Co-Authors: George Boziwick, Trudy Williams
Narrator: George Boziwick
Katey Casey: Laura Hankin
Sean: Sean Mahony
Ida B. Wells: Pier Morton
Elihu Root: Jonathan Sonneborn
Suffrage Song Leader: Heidi Hackney
Vocals: Laura Hankin (2016/19)
Sigali Hamberger (2012)
Backup vocals: Sara Banleigh; Heidi Hackney
Piano: Sara Banleigh, Ed Alstrum (special guest, 2016)
Clarinet: Matthew Snyder
Trombone: Sean Mahony
Mandolin, Guitar: Rob Meador
Banjo: Leah Wells (2012)
Harmonica: George Boziwick
Bass: Trudy Williams
Percussion: Phil Forbes
Copyright 2022 George Boziwick and Trudy Williams