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Words with Producers and Director of Bronx Bombers

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
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Bob Ahrens

Jake Kring-Schreifels chats with Fran Kirmser, Tony Ponturo and Eric Simonson about new Broadway play featuring Yankee legends

 

Bronx Bombers is the latest sports drama from producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, the team responsible for 2012’s Magic/Bird and 2011’s Lombardi. 

I got a chance to interview the producers, director, and entire cast in December at Bronx Bombers media day. 

This is the first of four articles highlighting different interviews from that day in preparation for the play’s opening night.

Tuesday will feature actors Keith Nobbs (Billy Martin), Bill Dawes (Therman Munson and Mickey Mantle) and Francois Battiste (Reggie Jackson, Elston Howard).

Wednesday features actors C.J. Wilson (Babe Ruth), John Wernke (Lou Gehrig), Chris Henry Coffee (Joe DiMaggio), and Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter).

Thursday features the co-leads, Peter Scolari (Yogi Berra) and Tracy Shayne (Carmen Berra).

The show opens this Thursday, February 6th at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theater.

I spoke with the producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo about conceiving another sports production for the stage, the melding of baseball and theater, and the spectacle of seeing Yankee heroes together on the stage.

I also chatted with playwright and director Eric Simonson about researching Yankee history, baseball’s cultural resonance, and what it means to don pinstripes.

Listen to both interviews below!

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Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo Eric Simonson