BWW TV Broadway Beat: LOMBARDI Meets the Press
Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will present LOMBARDI at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre this fall starring Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as Marie Lombardi, written by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson and directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. Joining Ponturo and Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway. LOMBARDI, a new American play, is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss.
Last week, the company met the press and Broadway Beat was there!
The cast features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor. It will open at Circle in the Square Theatre on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Previews will begin Thursday, September 23, following a July 22-28 engagement at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
The creative team is David Korins (Set), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), ACME Sound Partners (Sound), and Zak Borovay (Projections).
Joining Ponturo and Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway. The NFL has authorized use of its logos and NFL Films' footage and music. The league will also help promote and market the play. Tracy Perlman, the NFL's Vice President of Entertainment Marketing and Promotions, said, "Football and Broadway are both iconic American forms of entertainment, and the NFL is proud to bring these two unique and passionate audiences together under one roof. Lombardi's charisma and coaching style were legendary - and intensely theatrical. Football fans will learn more about the dramatic private life of the sports hero for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, and Broadway audiences will be captivated by the story of a family chasing the American dream."
For tickets and more information, visit www.lombardibroadway.com.