Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo have announced that the brand new Eric Simonson drama entitled Bronx Bombers, which premiered earlier this season at Primary Stages, will make the move to Broadway. The show will be playing at the Circle in the Square in early 2014. Previews are scheduled to begin January 10, 2014 with a target opening date of February 6, 2014.
“We are excited to bring the legacy of The New York Yankees and their proud tradition to the equally proud tradition of the Broadway theatre,” Kirmser said in a statement. “Generations of Yankees fans have been part of the winning tradition since their early childhood. Their emotional commitment and passion will be fully realized as they experience this play and sit with the players who forged that history,” Ponturo added in a statement.
“Bronx Bombers is a new American play from the team behind Broadway’s Lombardi that follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team’s trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage. As it celebrates and explores the timeless legacy of baseball’s most iconic team, Bronx Bombers takes a fascinating look at how and why the Yankees have remained so undeniably great… and so powerfully inspirational,” as the play is billed.
Husband and wife pair Emmy nominee Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne will play the roles of Yogi and Carmen Berra, respectively. They will join original off-Broadway cast members C.J. Wilson as babe Ruth, Christopher Jackson, as Derek Jeter, Francois Battiste as Jackson/Elston Howard, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dawes as Mickey Mantle/Thurman Munson, Keith Nobbs, as Billy Martin, and John Wernke as Lou Gehrig.