Grizzled Gazzara, known for his film, TV and stage roles, recreates his work as the baseball great Berra, famed for his management style and his malapropisms. Gazzara starred in the solo play, written by Thomas Lysaght and directed by Paul Linke, Off-Broadway.
Performances at Rich Forum in Connecticut continue to March 5. Stamford Center for the Arts is co-producer of the Nobody Don't Like Yogi tour, which continues to other markets, including Boston.
"Nobody Don't Like Yogi is set at the 1999 Old Timer's Game, when Berra threw out the first ball, stepping in for Joe DiMaggio who had died a month earlier," according to the producers. "This marked Berra's first appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1985 when he was fired as manager by owner George Steinbrenner only 16 games into the season. Berra vowed never to return as long as Steinbrenner owned the Yankees."
The solo play "celebrates Yogi Berra's humor, loyalty and wisdom as he reflects on his baseball career and the great players who have worm pinstripes over the years. His family life is explored, including his relationship with his son, Dale Berra, who also played for the Yankees. Renowned as a great ballplayer, Yogi Berra also became noted for his memorable quotations, yet he claims, 'I never said most of the things I said.'"
Ben Gazzara is the winner of a 2003 Emmy Award for his acclaimed performance in the HBO film "Hysterical Blindness." Gazzara is remembered For playing Brick in the original production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof followed by A Hatful of Rain, Traveler Without Luggage, Hughie/Duet and the Edward Albee-directed revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nobody Don't Like Yogi is produced by Don Gregory whose Broadway credits include Clarence Darrow starring Henry Fonda, The Belle of Amherst starring Julie Harris, Paul Robeson starring James Earl Jones, FDR starring Robert Vaughn, and revivals of Camelot, My Fair Lady and Othello.
Sets and costumes for Nobody Don't Like Yogi are designed by Tony Walton, with light design by Ken Billington and sound design by Tony Melfa.
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