Lombardi Will Close on Broadway
Winning isn’t everything. It seems as though the 2011 Tony Nominations might have taken their first victim as yesterday it was announced by producers that the new ground breaking play Lombardi will close on Broadway May 22nd, 2011.
A play about sports on Broadway you say? That can’t be right! But it is! So what exactly is it all about?
Lombardi has been described in the following way by its producers:
“Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI brings the audience into the life and times of legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities. LOMBARDI is written by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson and based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss.” (Cited from BroadwayWorld)
Lombardi opened on Broadway October 21st, 2010 and was set as a limited engagement. Due to success and the hope of trying to further and extend a new audience base, Lombardi extended through the summer months of 2011. However, after recent award announcements and not as much as a extended fan base as originally intended, Lombardi will shutter on Broadway May 22nd, 2011. When it closes, it will have played 244 regular performances and 30 previews.
The exciting thing Lombardi brought to Broadway was the idea of the sports world being turned into art. And Vince Lombardi’s life was the perfect first example to use for such a new ground breaking piece. Also, word has surfaced about a new piece in the works using sports yet again. A new Broadway show about the friendship between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will emerge in the upcoming months. Exciting to see how this new piece could turn into something with the success Lombardi has had.
The producers released the following statement about Lombardi’s closure notice:
“LOMBARDI was a story that we wanted to tell and an idea that we believed in. We wanted to attract both an audience which had never set foot in a Broadway theatre, and to satisfy the traditional theatre goer. Vince Lombardi’s remarkable life offered us the opportunity to assemble a cast made in heaven, and a creative dream team. We are so proud that we were able to do this on Broadway and are thrilled to announce that the show will continue to be seen across the country in licensed productions through The Dramatists Play Service. We hope to continue to inspire new audiences through our upcoming production of Magic/Bird, based on the lives of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.” (Cited form BroadwayWorld)
Lombardi did receive one nomination from the Tony Awards announced on Tuesday. Judith Light received a Tony Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She also received the same nomination from the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. The show also received a Drama Desk nominations for its set and projections used in the production. Lombardi’s original creative team includes The creative team is David Korins as set designer, Paul Tazewell designing the costumes, Howell Binkley lighting the piece, ACME Sound Partners on sound and Zak Borovay creating the projections.
Lombardi currently plays at Circle in the Square Theatre located on 50th street. For more official information about Lombardi, Click here for a visit to their official Broadway Website.