Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo are collaborating with the NFL to bring the life story of one of America’s most quoted and legendary figures, Vince Lombardi, to the stage in a dramatic Broadway production. LOMBARDI is a new play written by Oscar winning playwright, Eric Simonson and directed by Tommy Kail. Based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered by Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Maraniss, this original work brings the audience into the life and times of one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi. Dan Lauria, star of the beloved Emmy Award-winning TV series “The Wonder Years,” plays the title role of the Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi. In addition, the cast features features Judith Light (Who’s The Boss, Ugly Betty) as Marie Lombardi, Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.
Lombardi began previews on September 23rd, 2010 and opened on October 21, 2010 at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway. LOMBARDI enjoyed an out of town engagement at Mahawie Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, enjoyed favorable press and an eight month run. Currently LOMBARDI is traveling to Green Bay and Appleton Wisconsin for a reading with the Broadway Cast and is currently being licesnsed. The first licensed production will open in October for a six week run in Milwakee, Wisconsin.