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LOMBARDI in the News on Vince Lombardi’s Birthday

LOMBARDI
A New American Play

IN THE NEWS
ON VINCE LOMBARDI’S BIRTHDAY

Today, June 11, 2010 marks what would be the 97th birthday of the late football coaching legend (and soon-to-be Broadway star) Vince Lombardi.  The new Broadway play LOMBARDI will be presented at Circle in the Square Theatre this fall by producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser.  Starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi, LOMBARDI is 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.

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 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 production has been in the news lately.

Playing Lombardi  
NFL Network’s “TOTAL ACCESS”
June 7, 2010
Actor Dan Lauria sits down with the NFL Network’s “Total Access” to talk about playing Vince Lombardi on stage.
To watch the video, CLICK HERE 
 
The NFL Goes Broadway 
Forbes Magazine
By Tom Van Riper
June 9, 2010
In the early 1960s coach Vince Lombardi whipped the Green Bay Packers from a laughingstock into a powerhouse in almost no time. Can the football legend do the same for sports-themed theater today?
Broadway producers are watching to see whether the play Lombardi, starring veteran stage and screen actor Dan Lauria (of Wonder Years fame), sells tickets. “Let’s hope this is the start of a new thing,” says Lauria, 63, a high school football player and Giants fan in Lindenhurst, Long Island, during Lombardi’s coaching heyday….
To read more on LOMBARDI from FORBES Magazine, CLICK HERE .
 
LOMBARDI Debuts Window Display 
Broadway World
June 4, 2010
On June 3, Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, along with Executive Producer Nicole Kastrinos, hosted an unveiling ceremony of the LOMBARDI window display at the Circle in the Square Theatre.  Celebrating the event was Kail, Tracy Perlman, the NFL’s Vice President of Entertainment Marketing and Promotions, Circle in the Square’s Theodore Mann, and representatives from Lombardi’s alma mater, Fordham University, where he was the star lineman and one of a group called “The Seven Blocks Granite” at a time when college football was wildly popular in New York. Fordham representatives included Frank McLaughlin, Fordham Director of Athletics (Fordham ’71); John Cirillo, Fordham PR (’74); Tom Masella, Head Fordham Football Coach; Joe Favorito, LOMBARDI staff (Fordham ’85); and John Johnson, LOMBARDI associate producer (Fordham ’02).
To see the photos from the unveiling, CLICK HERE 
 
Coming Soon To Broadway: LOMBARDI
The New York Observer
June 14, 2010
Vincent Thomas Lombardi is the coaching legend for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.  His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turnt he Green Bay Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960s.  More than any other sports figure, Lombardi transformed football into our national Rite of Fall…
To read more from the New York Observer, pick up this week’s issue, on stands now.
 
A Touchdown for Broadway  
Playbill.com
June 10, 2010
Not since Broadway Joe Namath treaded the boards in the 1983 Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial has a pro-baller loved Broadway so much! Today, we got word that Mark Sanchez, another power QB for the New York Jets will present at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

The whole National Football League is feeling the love too. This fall, the NFL is producing the Broadway show Lombardi, based on the life of legendary coach Vince Lombardi.  Lombardi will be played by Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) who himself is a former football player for Southern Connecticut University.
To read the full article, CLICK HERE 
 
Linked by Lombardi 
The New York Post
June 6, 2010
Tommy Kail has been an accomplished Broadway director for “In The Heights,” and Tom Massella has earned his stripes as Fordham head football coach. They found an interesting common ground at the unveiling of the marquee Thursday for the new play “Lombardi,” and spent time chatting about the ups and downs of coaching and motivating a team — on field or stage. They will keep trading notes as Fordham prepares for 2010 and Kail works to bring the play on Fordham’s legend to life on Oct, 21 at Circle in the Square.
 
Packers to Host “Evening with LOMBARDI” June 21 
Packers.com
June 10, 2010
The Green Bay Packers announced today that they will host a special event for fans and the community, “An Evening with Lombardi,” on Monday night, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the Legends Club of the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the unique event which will feature key figures from the upcoming Broadway play, “Lombardi,” talking about the production and the life of the legendary former Packers coach Vince Lombardi in a very intimate setting. The play is set to open on Broadway, in New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, on Oct. 21.

For more on LOMBARDI, log onto www.lombardibroadway.com 
or follow LOMBARDI on Twitter: @LombardiPlay

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