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Yankees going to Broadway

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I have no idea what to make of this, but the Yankees have announced that there will be some sort of Broadway production based on the franchise. Details are thin, but it’s being put together by the same folks who did Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Here’s the announcement. Not enough information to know much, but it could be cool if you like this sort of thing (which, for the record, I actually do).

The worlds of baseball and Broadway will soon collide, as producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo today announced the commission of a theatre project inspired by the New York Yankees, to be completed in collaboration with the storied franchise and Major League Baseball.

The as yet untitled project, which will unite two of New York’s most treasured past times, the New York Yankees and the Great White Way, will be the third work in a sports-focused series from Kirmser and Ponturo, whose previous credits include Lombardi and Magic/Bird. It will shine a spotlight on the personalities, triumphs and private moments that have become the true accounts of legends.

“It is a thrill that two iconic American institutions, the Yankees and the Broadway Theater, are joining together,” said Lonn Trost, Chief Operating Officer of the New York Yankees. “The Yankees organization enjoys a rich history that spans two centuries, steeped by time-honored traditions, marked by major milestones, and defined most notably by the success of 27 World Championships. Just as generations of fans have been captivated in their seats at Yankee Stadium, theatergoers will be able to experience the same drama and joy. We look forward to opening our archives to the process and sharing our stories.”

Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball, “We look forward to experiencing Major League Baseball in the theater. With a rich history of success, the New York Yankees have been involved in many of the most memorable moments in sports history and have featured some of the best players and most colorful characters baseball has ever seen. They will be a fascinating subject matter.”

Producers Kirmser and Ponturo began their first project in 2009 with the commission and development of Lombardi. Lombardi, which starred Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as Marie Lombardi, told the life story of the inspirational leader, Hall of Fame Football Coach, and national icon Vince Lombardi. The company then went on to commission and produce Magic/Bird, telling the story of the competitive relationship, rivalry and eventual friendship between Hall of Fame athletes Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird.

Lombardi was the longest running play of the 2011-2012 Season and has since been licensed to regional theaters across the nation. Magic/Bird together with Lombardi introduced more than 100,000 new audience members to the Broadway stage.

Kirmser Ponturo Group strives to build new, original plays and musicals and to build a wide, diverse audience of theatergoers, initially combining the drama of sports and entertainment. Lombardi and Magic/Bird were the first two products of that vision. Sharing the tradition of The New York Yankees on Broadway will be the third.

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18 Responses to “Yankees going to Broadway”

  1. Nick in SF November 17th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Finally a proper venue for my Montero songs! :grin:

  2. chicken little November 17th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Crap! Now Hal is going to have to budget actors’ salaries into the $189 million.

  3. jmv November 17th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This will bring back Swish for free

  4. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Nick, let’s at least hear a couple of verses and a chorus from your Montero collection.

  5. Nick in SF November 17th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This is the only one I can remember right now:

    The Wind Cries Montero

    After all the Yanks are in their boxes
    and the clown GMs have had their final meal
    You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
    Footprints dressed in teal
    and the wind whispers Montero

    A broom is drearily sweeping
    up the broken pieces of yesterday’s dreams
    Somewhere a lonely fan is weeping
    somewhere he in madness screams
    And the wind it cries Montero

    The traffic lights they turn of blue tomorrow
    And shine their emptiness down on my bed
    The tiny lineup sails downstream
    ’cause the life that lived is, is dead
    And the wind screams Montero

  6. tucker November 17th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Bravo! Now we’ll have to work on alternate lyrics to Hey Joe.

    To start:

    Hey Joe
    Where you goin with that binder in your hand …

  7. ron November 17th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    •Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is working under orders to make the team better regardless of cost. “Cost is no object for them,” said a GM. “They are playing a different game than the rest of us right now.”
    •Olney says it would be a shock if the Marlins don’t trade Giancarlo Stanton at some point in the next 20 months. He’s not happy with the team and is unlikely to sign a long-term contract.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#7XJwzsSQxqPRWPTz.99

  8. rm November 18th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    “No No Nanette” – or at least it precursor “My Lady Friends” should be prominently featured in the show. Probably the best break the Yankees ever got.

  9. Against All Odds November 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning everyone

  10. pat November 18th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Joel giving Team Greedy a glimmer of hope for 2014…..

    “……Last offseason, I was first to report the Yankees’ vow to drop beneath $189 million by 2014 because of the substantial inducements for doing so that existed within what was then a newly signed collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees still are proceeding on that path in an offseason when they plan not to offer even Hiroki Kuroda multiple years because they are obsessed with not putting salaries onto their 2014 books.

    But more and more outside officials have raised their level of doubt about the Yankees actually following through on this vow.

    Here is the surer element: Even if the Yankees dive under $189 million for 2014, they almost certainly will not stay there in 2015 despite the continuing financial benefits for doing so. Because the tax resets at a substantially lower level, the Yankees will be well-timed to capitalize on a free-agent class after the 2014 season that currently includes a potential replacement for Derek Jeter in Elvis Andrus and arguably the three best starters in the game: Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....UM0G30hyvN

  11. Duh Innings II November 18th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Montero:

    ‘Can’t catch, probably can’t play first base.

    ‘Had a so-so rookie season in which he didn’t hit for average, get on base, or slug, just put up a decent HR and RBI line.

    His age and cost are great but would any of you honestly in your heart of hearts want him to be the 2013 Yankees DH? I wouldn’t.

    Ibanez had a better 2012 than Montero considering his age and cost moreover the expectations of Ibanez coming into 2012 which were low and what Ibanez did in the postseason which I couldn’t see Montero doing.

    If Montero was the 2013 Yankees DH, I’d see no more than a .260/.290/.330/.620 slashline, 17 HR, and 68 RBI. That’s nice for his cost but crap for a DH and the Yanks could do better than that.

    Do not be surprised if Montero is demoted to AAA or traded in 2013.

  12. Duh Innings II November 18th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Montero posted 15 HR 62 RBI .260/.298/.386/.684, 29 BB to 99 SO in 2012

    If he doesn’t improve on that in 2013 he will be in AAA by June or July.

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