Richard Topol Stars as Yogi Berra in Primary Stages' BRONX BOMBERS, Beg. Tonight
Primary Stages has announced that Richard Topol (Broadway's The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice) will assume the role of Yogi Berra in their World Premiere production of Bronx Bombers, written and directed by Tony Award nominee Eric Simonson (Broadway's Lombardi). Due to artistic differences, Joe Pantoliano, initially announced to play the role of Yogi Berra, will not continue with the production. The production has delayed its first performance to tonight, September 20. Opening night remains scheduled for October 8 at 7pm. Bronx Bombers runs through October 19 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Topol joins the previously announced ensemble featuring Francois Battiste (Broadway's Magic/ Bird), Chris Henry Coffey (Off-Broadway's Water by the Spoonful), Bill Dawes (Broadway'sLombardi), Christopher Jackson (Broadway's In the Heights, Memphis), Wendy Makkena (Broadway's Side Man), Keith Nobbs (Broadway's Lombardi), John Wernke (Broadway's The Lyons) and C.J. Wilson (Happy Now? at Primary Stages, Broadway's The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross).
Ruth. Berra. DiMaggio. Jeter. The New York Yankees has never had a shortage of star players. In this world premiere from the creative team behind Broadway's Lombardi and the director of the Primary Stages hit String of Pearls, Bronx Bombers examines how baseball's most storied franchise has always remained focused on maintaining a great team, even when dealing with some of the game's most iconic and tempestuous personalities. How do they do it? Well, as Yogi always said, "You can observe a lot by watching."
LISTINGS INFORMATION: Bronx Bombers plays a limited engagement September 20- October 19 at The Duke on 42nd Street - a New 42nd Street project. (229 West 42nd Street, between 7thand 8th avenues). Performances are Tues.-Thurs. 7pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2 & 8pm, Sun. 3&7 pm. There is an added performance Wed, October 16 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online at Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646-223-3010 or at the box office. Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues.-Fri. 4pm- 7pm; Sat. 12 pm- 6pm. Box Office hours are extended on performance days. Group Tickets (10+) are $49 each for all performances. Student group tickets are available for $39 each. Group sales are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Francois Battiste (Reggie Jackson/Elston Howard) Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout),Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: Detroit '67 (Public), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center), The Good Negro (Public Theatre, OBIE Award), The Winter's Tale (Delacorte), The Merchant of Venice (Delacorte), Ten Things to do Before I Die (Second Stage). Regional: Williamstown, Sundance, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Dallas Theatre Center. Selected TV/Film: "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "Are We There Yet?" HBO's The Normal Heart, Men in Black III, You Bury Your Own. Founding member of The Collective Theatre Co. in Chicago.