David starred as baseball hero, Joe Hardy in the 2009 production of Damn Yankees at Melbourne’s State Theatre as part of The Production Company’s season.
The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory . As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind.
The cast also included David Whitney (The Producers) as Joe Boyd, Matt Hetherington (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Mr Applegate, Anne Wood (Mamma Mia) as Meg and Pia Morley (The Sound of Music) as Lola.
“Harris is the perfect, muscular golden boy Joe Hardy. He blends naivety, honesty and ambition and his voice has warmth and emotional quality. Morley and Harris sing Two Lost Souls, a sexy, peppy duet, with passion” – Sun Herald
“With his strong, bright voice, Harris delivers a fine performance as the enthusiastic, morally incorruptible Joe. He manages to bring a genuine touch of charm to the role without resorting to outright sentimentality, particularly in the lilting love song, ‘A Man Doesn’t Know’.” – AussieTheatre.com
“David Harris is perfect as the young star player who longs to be back home, and is especially touching with Goodbye, Old Girl and Near to You.” – Australian Stage Online
“…the young baseballer Joe Hardy, played by a splendid David Harris… Damn Yankees is blessed with an even and powerfully talented cast” – The Australian
“McHunky Joe Hardy, new star player for the Senators… Dreamy leading man Harris is perfectly cast, capturing the dilemma of Joe’s double life and selling each song beautifully. He also enjoys sparkling chemistry with the stunning Morley… Their 11 o’clock number ‘Two Lost Souls’ was superb.” – Theatre People
“Harris plays Joe with easy conviction and sings extremely well… the second-act trio Near to You, in which Meg and Joe affectingly express their longing, is a highlight, demonstrating the magic of musical theatre when everyone gets it right.”- Jim Murphy, Reviewer