It Ain't Over: Gazzara Is Yogi Again, at Syracuse Stage in August

News   It Ain't Over: Gazzara Is Yogi Again, at Syracuse Stage in August
Ben Gazzara will play baseball great Yogi Berra in Nobody Don't Like Yogi at Syracuse Stage Aug. 19-Sept. 7. It's the second stop for the new play, which premiered at the Bay Street Theatre May 20-June 1. Paul Linke directed that production and will repeat his work in Syracuse.

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 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.

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.

For tickets, call (315) 443-3275.

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