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Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!

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Last night, April 11, MAGIC/BIRD opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, with special appearances by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird themselves.  BroadwayWorld was on hand for the opening night curtain call and brings you photo coverage below!

MAGIC/BIRD, directed by Tony Nominee Thomas Kail (Lombardi, In The Heights), reunites Lombardi playwright, Oscar Winner and Emmy Nominee, Eric Simonson on MAGIC/BIRD, a new American Play chronicling the intertwined life stories of two of the most influential figures in sports and pop culture of the past 25 years, basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Joining actors Kevin Daniels as Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Tug Coker as Larry Bird, are Deirdre O'Connell as Georgia Bird/Shelly/Patricia Moore, Peter Scolari as Red Auerbach/Jerry Buss/Pat Riley, Rob Ray Manning Jr. as Michael Cooper/Henry Alvarado/Frank, and Francois Battiste as Jon Lennox/Ron Baxter/Willy. The creative team is David Korins (Set), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Paul Tazwell (Costumes), Nevin Steinbert (Sound) and Jeff Sugg (Projections), who weaves historic NBA film footage throughout the play.

At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history, two of the greatest basketball players of all-time battled for three championships, bragging rights, and the future of their sport in the 1980's. Johnson and Bird electrified the nation on the court, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into one of the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports.

This is the second original project undertaken by Kirmser and Ponturo. Together they share a common vision of bringing new, original plays to a wide, diverse audience of theatergoers, initially combining the drama of sports and entertainment through Kirmser Ponturo Group. Lombardi and now MAGIC/BIRD are the first two products of that vision.

The Longacre Theatre was built in 1913 by H. H. Frazee, a Producer/Manager who was the owner of the Boston Red Sox's and the individual who sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. He later sold the theater to The Shuberts in 1919.

For more information visit www.magicbirdbroadway.com.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Cast Board

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Deirdre O'Connell

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Robert Manning Jr.

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Francois Battiste

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Robert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell & Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
TRobert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell & Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Thomas Kail, Robert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell & Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Eric Simonson & Thomas Kail

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird & Earvin 'Magic' Johnson with Robert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell & Peter Scolari

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Larry Bird & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Larry Bird & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Larry Bird, Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker & Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Larry Bird with Tug Coker & Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Robert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell, Fran Kirmser

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson & Larry Bird

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Larry Bird, Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell & Fran Kirmser

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Robert Manning Jr., Francois Battiste, Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O'Connell, Fran Kirmser & Tony Ponturo

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Kevin Daniels

Photo Coverage: MAGIC/BIRD Opens on Broadway - Magic Johnson, Larry Bird & More!

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.