About Bronx Bombers
Baseball fans will love Bronx Bombers, a new play by Eric Simonson who previously brought sports legends to the stage with his Lombardi and Magic/Bird. In those Broadway shows, Simonson examined individual icons, but here he takes on a whole team—the powerhouse New York Yankees.
The play, which Simonson also directs, begins in June 1977 with the team’s coach, the lovable, malaprop-spouting Yogi Berra attempting to heal a rift between manager Billy Martin and star batter Reggie Jackson after their dugout conflict threatens to rip the Bronx Bombers apart. The history of the franchise is told in loving detail as the plot progresses into a fantasy dinner hosted by Yogi and his wife. In attendance are all the Yankee greats, past and future. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Di Maggio, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter all show up to relive their greatest moments and reveal what being a Yankee meant to them.
Married actors Peter Scolari (Newhart, Lucky Guy) and Tracy Shayne (Chicago) play Yogi Barra and his wife Carmen. The cast also includes 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).
One hour and 50 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
Bronx Bombers premiered Off-Broadway at the Duke Theatre earlier this season in a production from Primary Stages.
The New York Yankees have 27 World Series championships and 51 Baseball Hall of Famers.
Sports fans will love this trip through Yankee history and will also appeal to fans of serious drama.
Good for kids?
The play is probably too grown-up for most small children, but it should score a hit with older kids and teenagers who love baseball.
Circle in the Square Theatre Location Information:
New York, NY 10019
1 to 50th St.; A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)
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