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Lombardi: more cast announced



Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser have announced additional casting as well as the creative team for Eric Simonson's new play Lombardi, about football coach Vince Lombardi, opening at the Circle in the Square on 21 Oct 2010, following previews from 23 Sep 2010.

The cast will feature Judith Light 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.'

The creative team is David Korins (Set), Paul Tazewell (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting) and Acme Sound Partners/Nevin Steinberg (Sound).

As previously announced, Lombardi will star Dan Lauria and will be directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail.

Joining Ponturo and Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization’s first foray on Broadway. Prior to its Broadway bow, Lombardi will run from 22 - 28 Jul 2010 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Lombardi, a new American play from Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, is based on the best-selling biography 'When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,' by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss.

One of the most influential figures in sports and entertainment in the last 20 years, Tony Ponturo is the head of Ponturo Management Group LLC, the New York-based sports and entertainment management, investment and marketing company. Fran Kirmser, a fixture in the arts community who produces both non-profit and commercial projects, met Ponturo while collaborating on the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of 'Hair.' Ponturo and Kirmser said, “The NFL brings a powerful force to Broadway with their incredible fan support and a huge respect for the Lombardi legend.”

Bios:

Judith Light will play 'Marie Lombardi.' She was last seen on the New York stage in Athol Fugard’s 'Sorrows and Rejoicings' and 'Colder Than Here.' She also starred in the New York production of 'Wit,' and in the Boston; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco productions. Light has previously appeared on Broadway in 'Herzl' and 'A Doll's House.' She is perhaps best known for her roles on the long-running TV series "Who's the Boss?" and most recently on “Ugly Betty” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Keith Nobbs made his Broadway debut in 'The Lion in Winter' starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing directed by Michael Mayer. Off-Broadway credits include: 'columbinus,' 'Dog Sees God,' 'Romance,' 'Dublin Carol,' 'Free to Be...You and Me,' 'Four,' 'Fuddy Meers,' 'Hope is the Thing with Feathers' and 'Stupid Kids.'

Bill Dawes made his Broadway debut in 'Sex and Longing.' Off-Broadway credits include 'Beebo Brinker Chronicles,' 'My First Time' and 'Burning Blue,' His TV credits include “Law & Order;” “Oz;” “Sex and the City;” “Damages;” and “All My Children.” As a standup comic he’s a regular at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Robert Christopher Riley made his Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' opposite James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, directed by Debbie Allen.

Chris Sullivan is making his Broadway debut. His Chicago theatre credits include: 'The Ballad of Emmett Till,' 'The Hairy Ape' and 'The Mystery of Irma Vep.'

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