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Actors Discuss Bronx Bombers, Part 2

by Jake Kring-Schreifels
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C.J. WIlson and John Wernke :: Bob Ahrens

C.J. Wilson, John Wernke, Chris Henry Coffee, and Christopher Jackson talk embodying baseball 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 third of four articles highlighting different interviews from that day in preparation for the play’s opening night.

Monday featured producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo as well as writer-director Eric Simonson

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

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.

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I spoke with C.J. Wilson and John Wernke about playing revered Yankee and baseball legends, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, respectively. We talked about the research process, auditions, and what fans should expect from the play. I also sat down with Chris Henry Coffee (Joe DiMaggio) and Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter) to discuss the burdens of playing these icons, interacting with different generations of players, and if DiMaggio's hit streak might ever be broken.  

Listen to both interviews below!

 

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C.J. Wilson and John Wernke Chris Henry Coffee and Christopher Jackson