"It also taps into that feeling of wish fulfillment that sports fans have, of wanting to be young again," says DiPietro.
The show's original creators —- including the musical writing team of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, "just made the show so theatrically satisfying and fun. At the end of the day, sports are fun."
DiPietro says he would love to take a crack at writing his own sports musical but for now he has a full plate.
His next big show is a '60s theme music show called "Chasing the Song," that is being tried out at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. That show reteams DiPietro with Christopher Ashley who staged "Memphis" on Broadway and that show's composer and co-lyricist, David Bryan (who is also Bon Jovi's keyboardist).
This summer he will have another show. premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Massachusetts Berkshires. DiPietro took "Peccadillo," a failed 1985 play by Garson Kanin that originally premiered in Florida with Christopher Plummer, Kelly McGillis and Glynis Johns, and reworked it into "Living on Love." The new work will feature opera star Renee Fleming and directed by Kathleen Marshall, who staged "Nice Work If You Can Get It" on Broadway.
There's yet another play, "Clever Little Lies," starring Marlo Thomas that was produced at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey that will be produced in the Hamptons this summer.
DiPietro's busy schedule makes it look like he made a deal with the devil. Not quite he says. And if he did what would he do it for?
"Winning the 100 yard dash perhaps," he says.
Ah, the pull of sports.
DAMN YANKEES runs through June 30 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. Performances are Wednesday 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees beginning May 15; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. (with 6:30 p.m. performances though May 11).