"Johnny Baseball" at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre mounts the new musical Johnny Baseball.

Kyle Smith

Park Square Theatre artistic director Richard Cook fell in love with the new musical Johnny Baseball when he saw a workshop reading in New York last January. He’s been working to secure the rights ever since. “I’m not a big baseball fan, but you don’t have to be,” he insists. “It’s great storytelling and a great love story. I was charmed by the whole project.”

The show follows the 1919 Boston Red Sox from the “Curse of the Bambino” (when the team was jinxed for rejecting Babe Ruth) through the 2004 World Series win. Ruth is a character, along with Johnny O’Brien, a member of the original 1919 team, and Daisy Wyatt, an African American blues singer whom he loves.

Cook is especially excited about the score. “It captures the spirit of the music of that era, evoking nostalgia for the classic American musical.”

Jan. 18–Feb. 10. Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, 651-291-7005,