Nobody Don't Like Yogi, with Gazzara, Expected to Reach New York in Fall

News   Nobody Don't Like Yogi, with Gazzara, Expected to Reach New York in Fall
Ben Gazzara will this fall play baseball great Yogi Berra in Nobody Don't Like Yogi in the city where the legend played and coached: New York. The show, which had runs this past summer at Bay Street Theatre and Syracuse Stage, will open Off-Broadway in October, the New Yorker reported.

An official announcement about the production is expected soon.

Thomas Lysaght wrote the one-man work, which shows Berra stepping foot in Yankee Stadium, his old stomping ground, after a 14-year absence. Berra is the lovable one-time Yankee player and coach, and three-time American League MVP, who is known for his nonsensical aphorisms as much as for his play on the field. Among his best remembered observations are "It ain't over til it's over," "It's deja vu all over again," "Nobody goes there anymore—it's too crowded," and "If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them."

The show opened at Bay Street in Sag Harbor, Long Island, on May 20 and lasted until June 1. The Syracuse run ran Aug. 19-Sept. 7.

Gazzara, a stage and film veteran, has starred in "The Spanish Prisoner" and "The Big Lebowski" as well as the original Broadway productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Hatful of Rain.

The title of the play notwithstanding, Berra's absence from Yankee Stadium was due to a long feud with the team's owner, George Steinbrenner, who hired him to manage the Bronx Bombers in 1984 and fired him in 1985.

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