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Bronx Bombers is the latest from the producers of Broadway’s Lombardi. The story of the New York Yankees, sports’ greatest dynasty, is a massive one. From Ruth to Jeter and everywhere in between, telling the history of the once-Highlanders-now-Yankees is no simple task. The smartest way to distill the franchise’s 100+ year history is to do exactly what Eric Simonson did and build a narrative around the questions of what it is that makes being a New York Yankee so special, what it is to work towards a common goal and what it means to be a champion.
- Robert Ottone
Eric Simonson is well on his way to immortalizing every sport in a Broadway play: First, there was football (“Lombardi”), then basketball (“Magic/Bird”) and now baseball with his “Bronx Bombers,” which opened Thursday at Circle in the Square. At this rate, aficionados of synchronized swimming should probably get their play sometime in the next decade. In “Bronx Bombers,” it’s crisis time in the land of the Yankees. And a sports crisis for Simonson, who also directs, is equal to a nuclear meltdown or the onset of male pattern baldness. Before “Bombers” opens, the Yankee’s star player Reggie Jackson (Francois Battiste) and manager. »
- Robert Hofler
2 items from 2014
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