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LOMBARDI star DAN LAURIA in New York Post

LOMBARDI Star DAN LAURIA  Featured in New York Post

“as” Vince Lombardi

In the sports pages of Sunday’s New York Post, actor Dan Lauria took on his onstage alter ego Vince Lombardi in an interview with Steve Serby.   Lauria is currently starring on Broadway as the legendary coach in LOMBARDI at Circle in the Square Theatre, 50th Street, west of Broadway.

Q: Coach Lombardi, if one of your teams suffered the kind of collapse the Giants did against the Eagles, what would you tell your team?

A: I’d say this has happened to test our steel. What kind of men are you now? The measure of a man is not how he falls down, but how he pulls himself off the ground.

Q: How emotional would you get during the week?

A: I’d be emotional in practice during the week. If I saw somebody with his head down, I’d be in their face right away [saying], “This game is the game in front of us. You’re a pro. You move forward. You don’t move back.”

Q: What would you tell the Packers in this spot?

A: You got the Giants on their heels. You gotta go at them right away and they’ll collapse. READ MORE HERE

LOMBARDI opened in October to raves:

“Eric Simonson has given us an extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent middlebrow theater, a regular-guy equivalent of Frost/Nixon. A good one for the guys.  It is both tasty and filling. I know nothing about football and less about the Green Bay Packers, but LOMBARDI  held my attention from start to finish, and when it was over, I went home feeling properly entertained.” Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“There’s a place for LOMBARDI in the Broadway huddle…  It is theatrical catnip for husbands or boyfriends otherwise reluctant to see most Broadway shows: Football! Vince Lombardi! The legendary Packers!” The Associated Press

“Even if you never cared about Lombardi, you will enjoy LOMBARDI. And that really is everything.” Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

“I loved LOMBARDI” Fox Five

“A rare Broadway drama that’s also a real crowd-pleaser.” AOL

“Sports fans will get a huge kick out of the it, but there’s plenty for the uninitiated as well. As entertainment, LOMBARDI scores points.” Roma Torre, NY1

“With its uniformly good cast, tight direction and frequent flashes of humor, Lombardi is solid playing in every sense of the word.” David Cote, Time Out New York

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is an original play by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.  The production opened in October at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, LOMBARDI also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.  Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).


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