Magic Johnson

Film Review: The Other Dream Team

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Photos courtesy of Arcade Films

The phrase “Dream Team” is something of an untouchable when it comes to sports. It belongs to one team, and any comparison pales in its shadow or provides heated debate. Take for instance this year’s USA basketball team at the London Olympics, where mild back and forth ensued over 2012 versus 1992; who would have been better? But in Lithuania, during the Barcelona Olympics there was another Dream Team, one filled with talent, yes, but which also carried the pride of a nation that was silenced under Soviet rule for over fifty years.

Catching up with Kevin Daniels

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

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?

A Conversation with Eric Simonson

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

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.