Bronx Bombers is coming to the major leagues this winter: Broadway. The new play, written and directed by Eric Simonson (the scribe behind the sports dramas Lombardi and Magic/Bird), just finished its run at off-Broadway's Primary Stages on October 19. It will begin performances at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre on January 10 with the official opening night set for February 6.
Bronx Bombers follows icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee legends together on one stage. As it celebrates and explores the timeless legacy of baseball’s most iconic team, the play takes a look at how and why the Yankees have remained so undeniably great.
Replacing off-Broadway cast members Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena, respectively, are Emmy winner Peter Scolari, who appeared on Broadway in Simonson's Magic/Bird and is known for his TV roles on Girls, Newhart and Bosom Buddies, as Yogi Berra, and Scolari's real-life wife Tracy Shayne, whose Broadway credits include Chicago, Les Miserables and A Chorus Line, as Berra's wife Carmen.
In addition to Scolari and Shayne, the cast features Francois Battiste (Reggie Jackson), Chris Henry Coffey (Joe DiMaggio), Bill Dawes (Mickey Mantle), Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter), Keith Nobbs (Billy Martin), John Wernke (Lou Gehrig) and C.J. Wilson (Babe Ruth). Battiste appeared in Simonson's Magic/Bird, while Nobbs and Dawes both played roles in Simonson's Lombardi.
The design team includes Beowulf Borritt (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Jason Lyons (lights) and Lindsay Jones (original music & sound).
Bronx Bombers marks the third work in a sports series for the stage conceived by producer Fran Kirmser, who was also behind Lombardi and Magic/Bird. This is also the third work in the series where co-producer Tony Ponturo has brought major sports leagues to the theater; in this case, the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball will serve as a special producing partners of the show. This is both organizations' first foray on Broadway.