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Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 4:26 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

One of college basketball's greatest stories is headed toward Broadway. Not only that, but an opening date has been bookmarked and an open-ended run is the vision going forward.

Producers of the musical that will tell the story of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are aiming for a mid-March 2012 opening, according to Sporting News, which cites Playbill.com.

The play won't just deal with the epic, sport-changing 1979 title game between Michigan State and Indiana State -- it will cover the career arcs of Johnson and Bird, with that '79 champ game serving as a first act, I'm assuming.
There will be a first preview on Feb. 27. The producers, Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, were also behind Lombardi, the show about legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Ponturo is formerly the sports marketing head at Anheuser-Busch. The 95-minute Magic/Bird will have an open-ended run, according to Playbill.com.
The casting process has begun. I have to agree with Mike DeCourcy in regard to one thing. Who better to play the role of Magic Johnson than former Michigan State player-turned-actor Delvon Roe? Can he sing? I don't care -- get that man into a vocal booth now and start teaching him how to use his diaphragm, dammit.

Other roles to fill will include Red Auerbach, the famous former Celtics owner, Michael Cooper (seriously? I mean, cool, but of all people: Michael Cooper?), Larry Bird's mom, and ... apparently Magic Johnson's agent. Has Rogers or Hammerstein been consulted about any of this? Apparently the NBA has; it's involved in the project, which might mean the musical doesn't begin until November of 2012.

My song suggestions would include:
  • Bye, Bye, Larry Birdie
  • Magic Johnson Superstar
  • If I Were a Big Man
  • With One Shot
  • There's No Business Like the NBA (Because Look at What's Happening Now)
  • Don't Cry for Me, Indiana
  • I Don't Know How to Guard Him
  • I've Grown Accustomed to His Passing Ability
  • Chuck Be a Lady Tonight
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Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

Ok, this is a joke right, It would make a great SNL skit. Thats the ticket it is a SNL skit.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

A special show that chronicles the special rivalry between Bird and Magic (and between Indiana State and Michigan State) would be both fitting and timely (especially with the NBA lockout dragging on).  But a Broadway musical seems like one of the worst contexts for presenting that.

This sort of story really calls for spoken narrative, ample amounts of live footage from actual head-to-head contests between Bird and Magic, and a well-thought-out soundtrack.  I guess all the major sports networks have already put together a special like that about these two, and Broadway's about the last remaining place for this story to be told.

The next two ways will probably opera... then mime.







Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:38 am
 

Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

The play won't just deal with the epic, sport-changing 1979 title game between Michigan State and Indiana State -- it will cover the career arcs of Johnson and Bird, with that '79 champ game serving as a first act, I'm assuming.
I too am going to see this play. However, my reason for going to see this play is because this will probably be the only NBA action that I get to see this year.

My song suggestions would include:
  • Bye, Bye, Larry Birdie
  • Magic Johnson Superstar
  • If I Were a Big Man
  • With One Shot
  • There's No Business Like the NBA (Because Look at What's Happening Now)
  • Don't Cry for Me, Indiana
  • I Don't Know How to Guard Him
  • I've Grown Accustomed to His Passing Ability
  • Chuck Be a Lady Tonight
I would also add Basketball by Kurtis Blow to this list of songs.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:50 am
 

Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

im going to see this!



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Magic/Bird musical to open on Broadway in March

Broadway Play- Awesome, but a freaking MUSICAL
Larry Joe Bird and Earvin Johnson have to be cursing now.


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