Magic Johnson was extremely talented in his profession. He was also boisterous and outgoing both on and off the court. Luckily, Kevin Daniels, the Broadway star playing Magic in the new play, has both of these qualities. I got the chance to talk to Kevin about his extraordinary experience playing one of the most revered basketball players of all-time. How did he prepare for this daunting role? What was it like to play someone that so many people grew up watching?
Magic/Bird, the new Broadway play opening April 11th at the Longacre Theater, chronicles the side-by-side journey of two of basketball’s biggest pioneers, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The team that created Lombardi, Producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser, Director Thomas Kail, and Writer Eric Simonson, all reunite to form another sports themed play about players who transcended their sport. In this case, they move from the gridiron to the hardwood and the transition is seamless.
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It was the second day of Knicks training camp in Greenburgh, New York.
There were two basketball courts and long row chairs for the media, ranging from mid-court to the left baseline of the near court. Curiously, the colors of the courts were not orange and blue. Instead they were a light blue and green for the New York Liberty, the Knicks’ WNBA counterpart. The Knickerbockers still managed to make a larger presence in the gym. The numbers of their legends, like Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, and Willis Reed, hung in the background.