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'Bronx Bombers' Headed to Broadway

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Peter Scolari will star as baseball legend Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra in the new play exploring the history of the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball will serve as special producing partners with Kirmser Ponturo Group on the Broadway run early next year of Bronx Bombers, a new play written and directed by Eric Simonson.

- David Rooney (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Yogi Berra on Broadway?! Peter Scolari to star in ‘The Bronx Bombers’

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You can observe a lot by watching, Yogi Berra once said. Now New York Yankees fans can watch the malaprop-spouting legend on a Broadway stage. The Bronx Bombers, which opened this month at Off Broadway’s Primary Stages, will transfer to the Circle in the Square, with previews starting Jan. 10, 2014 before an official opening on Feb. 6.

Peter Scolari, who played opposite his Bosom Buddies costar Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy last spring, will play the now 88-year-old player-turned manager. He’ll be joined by his real-life wife, Tracy Shayne (Chicago), as Berra’s wife, Carmen.

- Thom Greir (via Entertainment Weekly)

BOYS OF SUMMER & FALL

Yankees great Derek Jeter has shut down for the season, but he’ll be back in the game Off-Broadway on Tuesday in “Bronx Bombers.”

In Eric Simonson’s play, the pinstripers’ shortstop is joined by past legends like Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth. Coach Yogi Berra searches for inspiration and greatness at a pivotal time in the club’s history.

“In the Heights” alum Christopher Jackson plays Jeter and the diamond setting fits. “Baseball was my passion,” he says. “I’d be playing ball if I wasn’t an actor.”

Tuesday through Oct. 19 at the Duke on 42nd St. $70 at (646) 223-3010.

— Joe Dziemianowicz (via NY Daily News)