On Deck: Ben Gazzara Begins Stage Life as Yogi Berra Off-Broadway Oct. 21 | Playbill

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News On Deck: Ben Gazzara Begins Stage Life as Yogi Berra Off-Broadway Oct. 21 The producers of Nobody Don't Like Yogi couldn't have asked for better timing. Just as the New York Yankees are chasing their latest World Series championship, Ben Gazzara begins previews as former Yankee great Yogi Berra.
Ben Gazzara in Nobody Don't Like Yogi.
Ben Gazzara in Nobody Don't Like Yogi. Photo by Alex Ottaviano

The show, which had runs this past summer at Bay Street Theatre and Syracuse Stage, will open Off-Broadway at the Lamb's Theatre on Oct. 26. Previews begin Oct. 21. 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 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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