Lombardi — Broadway, Youtube video show preview.
What: Lombardi Show
Where: PLAYING AT
CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE
Average Weekly Schedule:
WEDNESDAY 2:00PM 8:00PM
SATURDAY 2:00PM 8:00PM
Lombardi is a Broadway play by Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.
The Lombardi — Broadway production had a pre-Broadway tryout at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, playing from July 22 to July 28, 2010. Lombardi officially premiered on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre on October 21, 2010, after previews beginning on September 23. The creative team includes direction by Thomas Kail, sets by David Korins, costumes by Paul Tazewell, and lighting by Howell Binkley. This production is being produced by Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser.
The play follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi through a week in the 1965 season, as he attempts to lead his team to the championship. A "Look Magazine" reporter, Michael McCormick, wants to "find out what makes Lombardi win". Still, players on the team refuse to be interviewed, wary of giving up information. He goes instead to Lombardi's wife, Marie, for answers. Meanwhile, in a flashback, Lombardi frets over his lack of promotion and contemplates quitting football. His wife reveals that the family had an emotional move to Green Bay, Wisconsin when Lombardi joined the Pakcers.
Lombardi ends up yelling at Michael in front of the team, prompting both to storm off. Dave Robinson, a player from the Packers, comforts Michael at a local bar, sharing stories about his initial impressions of the coach, the "honor of being barked at" by Lombardi, and the equality established on the team. After more positive insight from Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor, Michael decides to attend the next game. As he narrates what happened at the game, the Packers win.
After he writes his news story, Michael reveals to Lombardi that he is quitting "Look Magazine" to form his own publishing company. Lombardi congratulates him on his move to independence and celebrates the win with Michael and Marie. Michael realizes that Lombardi is "the most imperfect, perfect man" he ever met.
Lombardi — Broadway Original Broadway cast
Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi
Judith Light as Marie Lombardi
Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick
Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung
Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson
Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor
The show received mixed reviews from New York critics, garnering a "B+" rating on StageGrade. Charles Isherwood said the show "seems to depend heavily on a playbook that emphasizes the importance of team effort. In examining the life of the title character . . . this workmanlike drama often keeps him offstage for long stretches, almost relegating Lombardi to a supporting role in his own story."
Most critics were in consensus that Lauria's performance was the highlight of the show. Variety's Marilyn Stasio emphazised that "(Lauria) brings that endearing quality to his scrappy portrait of Lombardi . . . Working off his own bulldog physique and gap-toothed grin, Lauria achieves an eerie physical resemblance to Lombardi, who used his whole body to speak his mind." However, The New Yorker added that "Lauria would do well to tone down the yelling."