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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)

A Broadway Run For ‘Bronx Bombers’

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“Bronx Bombers,” a play centered around the Yankees and some their biggest stars from the last century, completed a short Off Broadway run on Saturday. But the producers are to announce on Monday that a move to Broadway is set for January with the actors Peter Scolari (“Lucky Guy”) and his wife, Tracy Shayne (“Chicago”), taking over the roles of Yogi and Carmen Berra from Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena. The rest of the cast from the Off Broadway production — which included Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson, and Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio — will return. Previews of the play, written and directed by Eric Simonson, are set to begin on Jan. 10 at Circle in the Square Theater with an opening night on Feb. 6.

- ADAM W. KEPLER (via The New York Times)