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Magic/Bird Last Performance to be May 12th

Press Release -

The producers of MAGIC/BIRD announced today that the show will play its final performance on Saturday May 12th.  Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo said, "MAGIC/BIRD...

Magic/Bird On Broadway A Must See

Huffington Post -

There’s a common belief that when someone passes from this earth, their life passes before their eyes in an instant. If that is the case, together with one of my best friends in the world...

“Magic” Johnson Talkback following Magic/Bird performance Friday, April 13th

Press Release -

Hall of Famer To Join Cast of The Broadway Play Following A Newly-Added Friday Matinee At The Longacre Theater (220 West 48th Street, Times Square)...

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Talks About Magic/Bird, the Broadway Basketball Biography

Playbill -

Basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, formerly of Michigan State University and the Los Angeles Lakers, will make his Broadway debut this spring — sort of...

Broadway set to tell the tale of Magic and Bird

Associated Press -

NEW YORK (AP) -- Showtime is about to have a whole new meaning for Magic Johnson.

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Story is the star in Magic/Bird play

Sports Illustrated -

It always comes down to the story. On Sunday in...

A Basketball Rivalry Fit For Stage

Wall Street Journal -

Barring the occasional shot at playing Abraham Lincoln or Lurch, a 6-foot-9 actor is seldom in demand. So a recent casting notice was something of a dream for the lankiest thespians on Broadway:...

Bird-Magic Goes Broadway: casting call for tall

USA Today -

Casting is underway for a Broadway play based on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird,...

Magic/Bird, the New Basketball Play, Aiming for March Opening on Broadway; Casting Has Begun

Playbill.com -

Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo are shooting for their production of Eric Simonson's basketball play, Magic/Bird, to have a March 21, 2012, Broadway opening following a Feb....

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson’s Relationship Went Beyond On-Court Rivalry, Will be Depicted in Upcoming Broadway Play

NESN.com -

Sitting on a large stool in front of a crowd of 30 or 40 basketball enthusiasts on Tuesday, Jackie MacMullan, a former columnist for The Boston Globe and author of the book When the Game Was...

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Subject of New Broadway Play

The Huffington Post -

Some of the most successful Broadway plays of the last season have also been some of the most unorthodox, what with Spiderman: Turn Off The Darkand South Park's The Book of...

Duo Takes Sports Fare to Stage

VARIETY -

If the producers of the Broadway play “Lombardi” were professional athletes, they’d probably be offensive linemen, since Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, of Kirmser Ponturo Group,...

MAGIC/BIRD Targeting Broadway Flight

VARIETY -

The Broadway-bound, NBA-backed production of basketball rivalry drama "Magic/Bird" is the second installment in what "Lombardi" producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo view...

‘Lombardi’ Guys Have Slam Dunk of an Idea

Daily News -

Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, still basking in the success of “Lombardi,” their play about the legendary NFL coach have decided that sports and theatre go together like Magic...

Hoop Dreams Next for ‘Lombardi’ Producers: A Larry Bird-Magic Johnson Play

NYTimes -

The producers behind “Lombardi,” about the storied Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi, are shifting to basketball for their next Broadway-aimed sports play. MAGIC/BIRD...

Broadway plans play on Magic Johnson, Larry Bird

Newsday -

The playwright behind the Broadway play “Lombardi” is moving from the gridiron to the hard court. Eric Simonson is working on MAGIC/BIRD, a new play that will chronicle the lives of...

Magic Johnson, Larry Bird Relationship to Become Subject of Broadway Play

Bloomberg -

A play about the relationship between basketball Hall of Fame members Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is being created for Broadway. MAGIC/BIRD is being developed by the producers and writer of the...

Eric Simonson readies Broadway play about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

Chicago Tribune -

The Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Eric Simonson appears to have found a viable new niche: plays about sports figures.

Magic/Bird, Basketball-Themed Play by Eric Simonson, Aiming for Broadway in 2012

Playbill -

Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, the producers of Lombardi, which is currently running on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre, announced Feb. 17 that they are embarking on their next Broadway...

Eric Simonson's Magic / Bird, About Larry Bird and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, to Play Broadway in 2012

Theatermania.com -

Eric Simonson’s Magic / Bird, a new play about basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, will play Broadway in 2012, with a theater and specific dates to...

Magic Johnson And Larry Bird Hit The Broadway Stage

HipHopWired.com -

Broadway Plans Play On Magic Johnson, Larry Bird. Playwright, Eric Simonson tackled the task of bringing pro football to Broadway with Lombardi, the play surrounding the life of coaching icon,...

Magic Johnson, Larry Bird Story headed to Broadway Stage

NBC Sports -

The NBA is teaming up with Eric Simonson and the team that has brought “Lombardi” to Broadway to produce MAGIC/BIRD, reports the Chicago Tribune.” Just as ‘Lombardi...

Monster Mash: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird rivalry to become a play

LA Times -

Hoop dreams: A play about the rivalry between basketball players Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is being created for Broadway.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Show Headed to Broadway

Wall Street Journal -

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Play On: The lives of Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson are headed to…Broadway. MAGIC/BIRD will be written by playwright Eric Simonson and...

There Is Going to Be a Broadway Play About Larry Bird and Magic Johnson’s Relationship

NYMag.com -

Well, this is pretty loopy: Playwright Eric Simonson and producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, the team behind Lombardi, are working on a Broadway show called MAGIC/BIRD. The Chicago Tribune...

Magic Johnson v. Larry Bird: The Broadway Show

The Celebrity Cafe -

The story of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird is being created for Broadway. Hall of Fame basketball players Magic Johnson and Larry Bird have long had a basketball rivalry. The rivalry stretches...

Broadway’s Craziest Season

Enertainment Weekly -

Basketball Drama Magic/Bird to Fly onto Broadway in 2012

Broadway.com -

Lombardi playwright Eric Simonson will bring the story of two more famed sports figures to Broadway in 2012 with his new play MAGIC/BIRD. The show will follow the intertwined lives of iconic...