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LOMBARDI Celebrates 200th Performance - Lauria and Light Get Portrait at DiNapoli's

Broadway’s Longest Running New Play, LOMBARDI,  

Celebrates 200th Performance

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Tony’s DiNapoli honors stars Lauria and Light with portrait

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LOMBARDI, now the longest running new play on Broadway, celebrated its 200th performance last Friday, and was honored on Tuesday night  with a party at Tony’s Di Napoli restaurant at which a stunning oil portrait of stars Dan Lauria and Judith Light was revealed; it will be the newest addition to Tony’s prestigious Broadway Wall of Fame.  Autographed poster copies will be auctioned off at a future event to benefit  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The party was hosted by Bruce Dimpflmaier and Tony's di Napoli Restaurant.  Valerie Smaldone produced and emceed the evening.  The portrait is by Dan May.

LOMBARDI opened in October and both theatre critics and sports writers weighed in:

“Eric Simonson has given us an extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent middlebrow theater, a regular-guy equivalent of Frost/Nixon. A good one for the guys.  It is both tasty and filling. I know nothing about football and less about the Green Bay Packers, but LOMBARDI  held my attention from start to finish, and when it was over, I went home feeling properly entertained.” Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“There’s a place for LOMBARDI in the Broadway huddle…  It is theatrical catnip for husbands or boyfriends otherwise reluctant to see most Broadway shows: Football! Vince Lombardi! The legendary Packers!” The Associated Press

"Even if you never cared about Lombardi, you will enjoy LOMBARDI. And that really is everything." Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

"I loved LOMBARDI" Fox Five

"A rare Broadway drama that's also a real crowd-pleaser." AOL

“Sports fans will get a huge kick out of the it, but there's plenty for the uninitiated as well. As entertainment, LOMBARDI scores points.” Roma Torre, NY1

“With its uniformly good cast, tight direction and frequent flashes of humor, Lombardi is solid playing in every sense of the word.” David Cote, Time Out New York

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDIis 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 2010 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, LOMBARDIalso 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.

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