Broadway’s ‘Bronx Bombers’ to Close
Bronx Bombers has struck out on Broadway. Eric Simonson’s play about the New York Yankees will close at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 2 after playing 31 previews and 29 regular performances.
Bronx Bombers was also presented Off-Broadway earlier this season by Primary Stages at the Duke Theater. Peter Scolari (Lucky Guy, Newhart) and his real-life wife Tracy Shayne joined the Broadway company as beloved Yankees coach Yogi Berra and his spouse Carmen. The cast also included Keith Nobbs and Bill Dawes (both of whom were in Lombardi), Obie winner Francois Battiste (The Good Negro), Chris Henry Coffey (Broadway debut), C.J. Wilson (The Big Knife), Christopher Jackson (Memphis), and John Wernke (The American Plan). Simonson had previously written two other sports-themed Broadway plays — Lombardi, focusing on the iconic football coach, and Magic/Bird about basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Byrd.
There have been no official announcements, but there are rumors that the theater will not be empty for long. Broadway.com reports that five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will be opening there as legendary blues singer Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. McDonald has won Tonys for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class, Ragtime, and Carousel. She is tied with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for the most Tonys wins by a performer. Robertson’s Lady Day was previously presented Off-Broadway in 1986 in a production starring Lonette McKee. Earlier this season, Tony winner Dee Dee Bridgewater appeared in an unrelated show about Holiday, Lady Day: The Billie Holiday Musical, written and directed by Stephen Stahl, at the Little Shubert Theater.