Bronx Bombers Hits a Home Run Off BroadwaySeptember 30, 2013 - by Griffin Miller, Theatre Editor
From the creative team that lit a fire under sports fans on Broadway via Lombardi and Magic/Bird comes a limited-run Off-Broadway premiere: Bronx Bombers.
Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, John Wernke as Lou Gehrig, Richard Topol as Yogi Berra and C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth. © 2013 James Leynse.
Zeroing in on baseball’s New York Yankee franchise — from management to the iconic procession of players that graced the Bronx diamond (Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Jackson, Jeter…) — the cast includes a collection of first-rate Broadway veterans.
The show, which runs through October 19, pretty much ushers in this year’s World Series on the 23rd — gotta love the timing!
Written and directed by Tony Award nominee Eric Simonson (Broadway's Lombardi), Bronx Bombers features Francois Battiste (Broadway's Magic/Bird) as Reggie Jackson and Elston Howard, Chris Henry Coffey (Off-Broadway's Water by the Spoonful) as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dawes (Broadway's Lombardi) as Mickey Mantle/Thurman Munson, Christopher Jackson (Broadway's In the Heights, Memphis) as Derek Jeter, Wendy Makkena (Broadway's Side Man) as Carmen Berra, Keith Nobbs (Broadway's Lombardi) as Billy Martin, Richard Topol (Broadway's The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice) as Yogi Berra, John Wernke (Broadway's The Lyons) as Lou Gehrig, and C.J. Wilson (Happy Now? at Primary Stages, Broadway's The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross) as Babe Ruth.
Bronx Bombers plays a limited engagement through October 19 at The Duke on 42nd Street - a New 42nd Street® project. (229 West 42nd Street, between 7thand 8th avenues). Performances are Tues.-Thurs. 7pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2 & 8pm, Sun. 3&7 pm. There is an added performance Wed, October 16 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online at Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646-223-3010 or at the box office. Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues.-Fri. 4pm- 7pm; Sat. 12 pm- 6pm. Box Office hours are extended on performance days. Group Tickets (10+) are $49 each for all performances. Student group tickets are available for $39 each. Group sales are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.