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Broadway's LOMBARDI to Close May 22

Broadway’s LOMBARDI to close on May 22

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The producers of Broadway’s LOMBARDI announced today that the show will play its final performance on Sunday May 22.  Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo said, “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.”

LOMBARDI ‘s Judith Light was also honored this week with a Tony Award® nomination for  Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play. 

Set designer David Korins and projection designer Zachary Borovay also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for their work.

The production opened on October 21 and will have played a total of 30 previews and 244 regular performances.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDIbrings 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. LOMBARDIis 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.

Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway.

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.

The creative team is David Korins (Set), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting), Acme Sound Partners (Sound), and Zak Borovay (Projections).

LOMBARDI opened at Circle in the Square Theatre and the critics  and sports writers weighed in:

“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

“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

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

“LOMBARDI presents a great opportunity for female theater-goers to get their husbands to see a Broadway play. But it’s more than that.” Craig Ellenport, NFL.com

Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).

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