Wendy Makkena and C.J. Wilson Join Off-Broadway World Premiere of Bronx Bombers for Primary Stages
By Adam Hetrick
Wendy Makkena and C.J. Wilson have joined the cast of the Primary Stages world premiere of Eric Simonson's Bronx Bombers, a new drama about the New York Yankees, which will begin performances Sept. 17 at the Duke on 42nd Street.
Simonson (Lombardi, Magic/Bird) will direct his play about baseball's most-notable team, which will officially open Oct. 8 for a run through Oct. 19. The play was commissioned by Tony Ponturo and conceived by Fran Kirmser.
Makkena (Side Man) and C.J. Wilson (Happy Now?) will play Carmen Berra and Babe Ruth, respectively, in a cast that also features Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano ("The Sopranos") as Yogi Berra, 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.
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.'"
The production will have scenic design by Beowulf Borritt, lighting design by Jason Lyons and original music and sound by Lindsay Jones.
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