Carmen Berra, Wife of Yogi Berra and Central Figure in Broadway's Bronx Bombers, Dies at 85
07 Mar 2014
Carmen Berra, the longtime wife of Yankees legend Yogi Berra — and a central figure, along with Yogi, in the recent Broadway sports drama Bronx Bombers — died March 6 at Crane's Mill Assisted Living Facility in West Caldwell, NJ. She was 85.
According to the New York Post, Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, confirmed that Berra died of complications from a stroke.
The Berras married Jan. 26, 1949, and were the central characters in the Broadway play Bronx Bombers, which ended its run March 2 at Circle in the Square. Tracy Shayne (Chicago, A Chorus Line) played Carmen alongside her real-life husband Peter Scolari (Lucky Guy) as Yogi.
"Meeting [the Berras] was such a high point, and they're still so attached at the hip — so much in love," said Shayne in a recent interview with Playbill magazine. "Carmen and I stared at each other for so long! We were taking each other in. I brought her a plate of food. We were looking at each other's clothes. [We had conversations like,] 'Oh, I like your blouse.' ... 'I love your scarf.' It was a bonding moment between us."
The Berras attended a production of Bronx Bombers in its Off-Broadway incarnation at Primary Stages.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.