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Judith Light of Broadway’s LOMBARDI to appear on NY-1’s “On Stage” this weekend

Judith Light of Broadway’s LOMBARDI to appear on NY-1’s “On Stage” this weekend

 

Before catching this weekend’s NFL Playoff games, sit down with NY-1’s Donna Karger and actress Judith Light, who currently stars in LOMBARDI, Broadway’s hot new play about football coaching legend Vince Lombardi.  Tune in to NY-1’s “On Stage” on Saturday, January 15 at 9:30 AM or 7:30 PM to watch Donna Karger interview Ms. Light about her role as Vince Lombardi’s wife Marie, for which she is earning rave reviews from theatre critics and football fans alike.  “On Stage” re-airs on Sunday, January 16 at 9:30 AM and 7:30 PM, as well as Monday, January 17 at 9:30 PM and Tuesday, January 18 at 12:30 AM.

 

The 2007 Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the New York Giants upon their victory in Super Bowl XLIII, will remain on display in the lower lobby of the theater this weekend, through Sunday, January 16.

 

Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, producers of Broadway’s LOMBARDI, recently announced a new block of tickets for LOMBARDI, now on sale through June 19.

Join the LOMBARDI cast after the show every Tuesday and Thursday in January for a post-show “talkback.”

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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Broadway’s LOMBARDI in Today’s New York Times

LOMBARDI in Today’s New York Times

 

Broadway’s LOMBARDI has just announced a new block of tickets on sale through June 19 2011.  In today’s New York Times, reporter Patrick Healy writes about the challenges facing shows currently running on Broadway, and what LOMBARDI’s producers are doing to attract audiences ’beyond the usual theatre crowd.”

 Delving Into the Broadway Playbook to Stay Open

“In the face of daunting odds — odds that led nine Broadway shows to close on Sunday — stands “Lombardi,” the play about the legendary Green Bay Packers coach that is the only brand-new drama to survive the fall season. The producers of “Lombardi” made the bullish announcement on Tuesday that they would extend ticket sales through June 19, even though the winter is traditionally a graveyard for plays like this one, which lack audience-drawing stars.

So what fills the producers with a fighting spirit that Vince Lombardi would admire? Confidence in a marketing strategy that is aimed at sports fans and men, not just the usual theater crowd. The producers of this biographical play have already booked visits by fans from colleges with proud sports traditions, like Fordham (Lombardi’s alma mater), Syracuse and Boston College, and they have promoted the show as a kind of leadership training to draw in CBS sales executives on a team-building retreat and members of the Miami Dolphins who were in town to play the Jets last month.

The producers are also reaching a more traditional Broadway crowd by promoting their two lead actors, Dan Lauria as Lombardi, and Judith Light as his wife, Marie, who are giving critically praised performances.”  READ THE ENTIRE STORY HERE Continue reading

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 Continue reading

LOMBARDI star DAN LAURIA on ‘Good Morning America’

LOMBARDI star DAN LAURIA on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

WATCH HERE

Dan Lauria, star of Broadway’s LOMBARDI, braved blizzard conditions this morning to be part of GOOD MORNING AMERICA’s annual coat drive.  He presented the iconic camel coat he wears as Vince Lombardi in the Broadway hit, along with other coats from the show’s company.  Each year,  GMA joins forces with Burlington Coat Factory for the Warm Coats + Warm Hearts Drive

and the non-profit organization, One Warm Coat.  LOMBARDI also plays a special holiday performance tonight, Monday December 27 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre, 50th Street, west of Broadway. Continue reading

Broadway’s LOMBARDI in today’s Wall Street Journal

“LOMBARDI” in Wall Street Journal
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Joanne Kaufman writes about “value added theater” and speaks to LOMBARDI producer Tony Ponturo
about the show.

“Value-added theater is no longer limited to talk-backs, those all but ubiquitous postshow gab sessions between audiences and members of a play’s creative team… When Tony Ponturo and his producing partner Fran Kirmser conceived of a biodrama about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, “we knew it was a challenging topic,” said Mr. Ponturo. “And we knew we needed to have a broader audience than the usual theater-going one.’”

“Translation: They had to conjure something pretty cool to attract people whose ticket buying tends toward events with passes and place-kicks rather than props and prologues. Consequently, the lobby at Circle in the Square, where “Lombardi” is billeted, has been turned into a football shrine.”

To read the piece in its entirety: CLICK HERE

The hit Broadway play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, opened in October at the Circle in the Square Theatre. 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. Continue reading

LOMBARDI on Morning Joe; Bob Woodward recommends play

“LOMBARDI” on Morning Joe

Bob Woodward recommends play

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe” this morning, Bob Woodward spoke about seeing LOMBARDI on Broadway, and why he feels that Vince Lombardi’s leadership skills can still inform the world today.   Woodward compares the challenges Lombardi faced with those faced by President Obama, and recommends that the President “take Michelle for a date night up there.”

WATCH HERE

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LOMBARDI’s Judith Light Featured on Towle Road

LOMBARDI’S JUDITH LIGHT ON TOWLEROAD.COM ON WORLD AIDS DAY

 

To mark World AIDS Day, Towleroad’s Kevin Sessums interviewed actress and activist Judith Light about AIDS activism, her relationship with the LGBT community, and starring in LOMBARDI on Broadway.

 

Sessums writes, “Though she has become known for the vast range of her work on television, she is a stage creature at heart. And there is so much heart in her performance of Marie Lombardi. There is not a false moment in her performance, a wasted gesture… Light is giving one of the great stage performances of the last few Broadway seasons. Do not miss it.”

 

“Light and I talked a lot about the Lombardis and football and how she goes about building a character when I met with her at Circle in the Square before a Saturday matinee. But her true passion began to surface when our talk turned to her help in the fight for gay rights and the history of AIDS within the gay community and how the epidemic proved to be the community’s shining moment as well as its most tragic.”
To read the interview in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

 

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 cast 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).

LOMBARDI in the News

LOMBARDI

In The News

The hit Broadway play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, opened on Thursday, October 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. 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 cast 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.

The production has been featured in the news recently.

SHOWTIME “Inside the NFL”

Inside the NFL comes to Broadway to interview the cast of LOMBARDI, catch some rehearsal, and take a back stage tour of Circle in the Square.  Click above to watch video.

WNBC “LX New York”

Judith Light joins us in the studio to talk about being on Broadway in the play Lombardi and how it’s not just for football fanatics.  Click above to watch video.

Fast Chat: Dan Lauria has a field day in ‘Lombardi’

BY JOSEPH V. AMODIO

Newsday

Dan Lauria sits with a bowl of mushroom barley soup at a diner near the Circle in the Square theater, where he stars in “Lombardi,” a new play that opened last week.

The famous gruff TV dad – from “The Wonder Years” – plays legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, with a famous TV mom – Judith Light, of “Who’s the Boss?” – as his ever-patient, wisecracking wife. The play reveals the fragile, complicated relationship they maintained while he did the impossible: transform a lousy NFL team into a winning machine that nabbed five league championships in seven years. No other coach has come close to that feat. Continue reading

Broadway’s LOMBARDI offers $40 tickets to veterans this Thu Nov 11 for Veteran’s Day

BROADWAY’S “LOMBARDI” TO HONOR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON VETERANS DAY THIS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11

$40 tickets for all active duty, reservists, veterans and guests

The producers of Broadway’s LOMBARDI  today announced that they will offer a $40 ticket for the Veteran’s Day performance, this Thursday November  11 at 8 PM at Circle in the Square (50th Street west of Broadway), to all current and former members with a military ID;  each ID is good for a pair of tickets. They will also have the chance to pose with the actual Lombardi trophy which is being housed in the theatre’s lower lobby this week, along with other rare memorabilia. Following the performance lead actor Dan Lauria, himself a former  Marine and longtime supporter of men and women in the military, will acknowledge those members in attendance.

Tickets for this special Veteran’s Day performance are available at the special $40 price by visiting BroadwayOffers.com and using code “VINCE40” or by calling Telecharge at  (212) 239-6200 or by bringing a military ID to the Circle in the Square Theatre box office on West 50th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Continue reading

Watch LOMBARDI’s Judith Light on WNBC’s “LX New York”

LOMBARDI’s JUDITH LIGHT

on WNBC’s “LX NEW YORK”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Judith Light, currently starring opposite Dan Lauria as the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi’s wife Marie in the new Broadway play LOMBARDI, was a guest on WNBC’s “LX New York” 5pm newscast on Thursday, November 4.  Follow the link to check out the interview: http://tinyurl.com/3af6ue7.

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