The Verdict: Critics Review Eric Simonson's Yankees Drama Bronx Bombers

By Playbill Staff
10 Oct 2013

Wendy Makkena and Richard Topol
Wendy Makkena and Richard Topol
Photo by James Leynse

The Primary Stages world premiere of Eric Simonson's Bronx Bombers, a new drama about the New York Yankees, officially opened Oct. 8 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

Simonson (Lombardi, Magic/Bird) directs his play about baseball's most-notable team. Performances will continue through Oct. 19. The play was commissioned by Tony Ponturo and conceived by Fran KirmserRead Playbill.com's interview with writer-director Simonson here.

Richard Topol (Broadway's The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice) stars as Yogi Berra in a cast that also features Wendy Makkena (Side Man) as Carmen Berra, C.J. Wilson (Happy Now?) as Babe Ruth, Christopher Jackson (In the Heights) as Derek Jeter, Francois Battiste (Magic/Bird) as Jackson/Elston Howard, Chris Henry Coffey (Water by the Spoonful) as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dawes (Lombardi) as Mickey Mantle/Thurman Munson, Keith Nobbs (Lombardi) as Billy Martin and John Wernke (The Lyons) as Lou Gehrig.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.



AMNY

The Huffington Post

NBC New York

New York Daily News

New York Post

The New York Times

Time Out New York

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Here's how it's billed: "Ruth. Berra. DiMaggio. Jeter. The New York Yankees has never had a shortage of star players. In this world premiere from the creative team behind Broadway's Lombardi and the director of the Primary Stages hit String of Pearls, Bronx Bombers examines how baseball's most storied franchise has always remained focused on maintaining a great team, even when dealing with some of the game's most iconic and tempestuous personalities. How do they do it? Well, as Yogi always said, 'You can observe a lot by watching.'"

 

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The cast of The Bronx Bombers
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