Deirdre O’Connell
(Dinah Bird/ Patricia Moore/Shelly/Georgia Bird)

Recent appearances include In the Wake (Public Theater, Los Angeles Ovation Award, the Richard Seff Actor’s Equity Award, Lortel nom.), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble), Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth), Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons), The Poor Itch and In the Blood (Public Theater), Antigone (Big Dance Theater), The Front Page (Lincoln Center), End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Looking for the Pony (Vital Theatre Company), Pyretown (Keen Company). Theatre work in L.A. earned her three Drama-Logue Awards and an L.A. Critics Circle Award. TV includes “L.A. Doctors,” “Law & Order,” “The Closer” and “Unforgettable.” Film: Pastime (Independent Spirit Award nom.); Synecdoche, New York; What Happens in Vegas; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Second Hand Lions; and Fearless. In 2005, she received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance.

Peter Scolari
(Pat Riley/Red Auerbach/ Jerry Buss/Tom/Bob Woolf)

TV: Emmy Award winner for “Newhart”; also “Bosom Buddies,” “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Family Ties,” “King of Queens,” “The Nanny,” “Reba,” “From the Earth to the Moon” (HBO), “Stop the World, I Want To Get Off” (Showtime). Film: The Polar Express, That Thing You Do, Camp Nowhere, A Plumm Summer. Broadway/NY: Hairspray, Sly Fox, Out of This World and Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!). World premieres of Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol and Ken Ludwig’s Fox on the Fairway. Winner, Berkshire Theatre Festival Best Actor Award for The Foreigner. Upcoming: recurring role as Lena Dunham’s father on the HBO series “Girls.”

Robert Ray Manning Jr.
(Henry Alvarado/ Cedric Maxwell/Norm Nixon/Frank/Michael Cooper/Jeff)

is a graduate of the U. of Washington Professional Acting Training Program, where he received his MFA in acting. TV: “Southland,” “South of Nowhere,” “The Unit,” “Criminal Minds.” Upcoming film: Frogtown and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. Proud Guthrie Experience member and has performed in regional theatres across the country, portraying such roles as Cassio in Othello, Banquo in Macbeth and Capt. Lee King in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley’s play Defiance (2008 NAACP Theatre Award nom., Best Lead Actor). Also a 2010 NAACP Theatre Award nom. for Best Supporting Actor for Battle Hymn. Robert recently completed Pasadena Playhouse’s hit run of Blues for an Alabama Sky, dir. Sheldon Epps. Robert would like to thank his parents and his lovely wife for their continued love and support.

Francois Battiste
(Willy/Bryant Gumbel/Jon Lennox/Ron Baxter)

B’way/ NY: Prelude to a Kiss (Dan Sullivan dir., Roundabout Theatre Company), Brokeology (AUDELCO nom., Thomas Kail dir., Lincoln Center Theater), The Good Negro (the Public Theater, Obie Award, Lucile Lortel Award nom., AUDELCO nom.), The Merchant of Venice (Dan Sullivan dir., Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Michael Greif dir., Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater), Ten Things to Do Before I Die (Second Stage), Quiver and Twitch (NY Stage & Film). Regional: Williamstown, Sundance Theatre Lab, Chicago Shakespeare, the Goodman, the Lookingglass Theatre, the Victory Gardens, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Famous Door Theatre, Chicago Theatre Company, Stage Actors Ensemble, et al. TV: “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Are We There Yet?” Film: Delivering the Goods, Blood in the Sand (dir. Sam Gold), 5150, One Week. In 2012: Men in Black III, Repatriate. Education: BS, Illinois State University. Training: BADA Oxford University, the Juilliard School.

Anne-Marie Cusson
(u/s Dinah Bird/Patricia Moore/Shelly/Georgia Bird)

Off-B’way: Echoes of the War with Richard Easton and Frances Sternhagen (Mint), Schnitzler’s Far and Wide (Mint). Regional: All My Sons (Delaware Theatre), Anne Frank (Virginia Stage), Arms and the Man (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), The Clean House (Geva), Third (Riverside), Defying Gravity (Merrimack Repertory), A Moon for the Misbegotten (New Rep) and a repertory company member in Romeo and Juliet, The Count of Monte Cristo and Cymbeline (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Nat’l tour: Steel Magnolias. Film: The Good Shepherd. TV: “ATWT.” New Hampshire native, proud member of AEA. Love and thanks to David and the Mine. Broadway debut.

Anthony Holiday
(u/s Earvin “Magic” Johnson/Willy/Bryant Gumbel/Jon Lennox/Ron Baxter/Henry Alvarado/Cedric Maxwell/Norm Nixon/Frank/Michael Cooper/Jeff)

Stage credits include Questa (Court Theatre), in which he understudied and performed, Machinal (Chandler Theatre) and countless performances at the Coronet Theatre. Holiday reoccurred in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Hot in Cleveland”; additional TV credits include “Better With You,” “Perfect Couples” and “Kath & Kim.”

Gregory Jones
(u/s Larry Bird/Pat Riley/Red Auerbach/Jerry Buss/Tom/Bob Woolf)

Broadway debut. Theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse. Television: “Too Big to Fail,” “Person of Interest,” “Onion SportsDome.” Film: Stake Land (Audience Award, Toronto International Film Festival), In the Family (Spirit Award nominee). Training: Wynn Handman, Shakespeare & Company. Thanks: Telsey, Mom, Barb and Hannah. For Dad.

Creative Team

Eric Simonson (Playwright)

Broadway: Lombardi, The Song of Jacob Zulu (director, Tony nom.), Grapes of Wrath (actor). Plays and adaptations: Fake, Honest, Louder Faster (with Jeffrey Hatcher), Speak American, Slaughterhouse-Five, Carter’s Way, Work Song (with Jeffrey Hatcher), Bang the Drum Slowly and Nomathemba (with Ntozake Shange and Joseph Shabalala). Performed at Steppenwolf, Huntington, L.A. Theatre Works, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Eye of God, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theatre, Kansas City Rep, the Kennedy Center and Next in Chicago, among others. Films and documentaries: Studs Terkel: Listening to America (Emmy nom.), A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (Academy Award), Gentle Steps to Freedom (Academy Award nom.), Hamlet (co-directed with Campbell Scott). Princess Grace Statue winner, International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Frankel Award winner; company member of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

Thomas Kail (Director)

Broadway: Lombardi, In the Heights (Tony nom.). Off-B’way: In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.). Lincoln Center Theater: Broke-ology, When I Come to Die. New York City Center: The Wiz. Williamstown Theatre Festival: Brokeology (world premiere). Nat’l tour: In the Heights. Co-creator and director of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. Artistic director and co-founder of Back House Productions, TV: “2 Broke Girls,” directed 2010’s “The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special” for ABC, directed pilot episode of “Storymakers” for AMC. Recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.

David Korins (Set Designer)

Broadway: Chinglish, Godspell, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Lombardi, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Bridge & Tunnel, Passing Strange and the upcoming revival of Annie. He has designed shows for many Off-Broadway and regional theatres as well as several concerts for Kanye West. In 2013, he will be designing world premiere operas at the San Francisco Opera and the Santa Fe Opera Company. David is the proud recipient of a Drama Desk, a Lucille Lortel, two Hewes Design Awards and the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design.

Jeff Sugg (Projectionist)

is a Brooklynbased designer and multi-award winner. Selected theatre credits include, Broadway: 33 Variations, Chinglish. Off-Broadway: Tribes, Compulsion, The Book of Grace, Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, The Truth: A Tragedy, The Accidental Trilogy. Tour: Bring It On: The Musical. He has also worked with many renowned companies and artists including Cynthia Hopkins, Laurie Anderson and the Wooster Group.

Howell Binkley (Lighting Designer)

Broadway works include Jesus Christ Superstar, How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination), Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Cry-Baby, Xanadu, LoveMusik, The Farnsworth Invention, Bridge & Tunnel, Jersey Boys (Tony Award winner), Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman(1993 Tony nomination), Sacrilege, Taking Sides, How to Succeed… starring Matthew Broderick. Also, the Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, six musicals in repertory for the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, co-founder of and designer of more than 70 pieces for Parsons Dance. Mr. Binkley is a five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and was awarded the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman. Other awards include the 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.

Paul Tazewell (Costume Designer)

Broadway: Lombardi; Memphis (Tony nom.); In the Heights (Tony nom.); The Color Purple (Tony nom.); The Miracle Worker; Guys and Dolls; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; Hot Feet; Def Poetry Jam; Caroline, or Change; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (Tony nom.); and Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm. Opera: Faust, the Met; Porgy and Bess; L.A. Opera; San Francisco Opera; Washington Opera.

Nevin Steinberg (Sound Designer)

Recent Broadway with Thomas Kail: Lombardi and In the Heights (Tony nom.). More than 30 other Broadway productions as a former founding principal of Acme Sound Partners and three additional Tony nominations for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences and Hair.


Broadway/Tours: Leap of Faith, A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, The Best Man, Newsies, Porgy and Bess, Godspell, SPIDER-MAN, Sister Act, Priscilla, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Bring It On, The Addams Family. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Joyful Noise, Friends with Kids, Margin Call, Sex and the City. TV: “Smash,” “A Gifted Man,” “The Big C.”

Fran Kirmser (Producer)

conceived Magic/Bird as the second of a series of sports stories on Broadway produced by Kirmser Ponturo Group. As a consultant and producer for artists and nonprofit arts organizations for more than 15 years, Fran has facilitated the work of hundreds of artists to the stage through Fran Kirmser Productions. Fran co-founded Manhattan Theatre Source, a Greenwich Village theatre and arts service organization. In 2002 she launched the Biography Project, a series of plays running Off-Broadway that told the stories of artists in an effort to recognize their voices, better archive their work and explore their influence on culture. In addition to extensive work Off-Broadway, Kirmser produced Broadway’s award-winning Radio Golf, the last play and final chapter in August Wilson’s epic ten-play cycle by one of our nation’s greatest playwrights, and the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, Hair. Continuing her passion for bringing unique and important voices to the stage, Kirmser conceived and, along with Tony Ponturo and in association with the NFL, produced Lombardi, a new American play based on the life of iconic leader and renowned professional football coach, Vince Lombardi.

Tony Ponturo (Producer)

Magic/Bird marks the second project in a sports series produced by Kirmser Ponturo Group bringing the NFL and the NBA to Broadway for the first time. In partnership with producing partner Fran Kirmser and the NFL, Tony was proud to bring Lombardi to Broadway. Continuing his partnership with Fran Kirmser, they formed Kirmser Ponturo Group, LLC, which conceives and develops new artistic work and provides marketing and consulting efforts in the arts, sports and entertainment. Ponturo has been a leader in the business of sports and entertainment for more than 30 years, first in the advertising world, then as VP of global media, sports and entertainment at Anheuser-Busch, and was regularly ranked as one of the most influential people in sports. Ponturo pioneered Anheuser-Busch efforts in the Academy Awards, Grammys and the Tonys, in addition to bringing sponsorship to the Broadway League for the first time. He is a producer of the 2010 Tony-winning musical Memphis, which is still running on Broadway, and an associate producer on the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, Hair. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Ballet Theatre and the Board of the New York City Center and is a Trustee Emeritus of the American Film Institute.

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