'Magic/Bird' play in NYC will close May 12
May, 2, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Charles SykesFrom left, Tug Coker, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Kevin Daniels celebrate opening night.The Broadway play "Magic/Bird," about the rivalry/friendship of basketball legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, will close on May 12.
"We were honored to present 'Magic/Bird' as a story of hard work, dedication, respect and love," producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo said in a statement. "We are so proud that we were able to do this on Broadway, and though it ran a limited time, it attracted many new audiences to the theater as well as provided a vehicle for many young people to attend their first show."
Starring Kevin Daniels as Magic Johnson and Tug Coker as Larry Bird, the cast will have performed about 60 shows by the time the show closes at Longacre Theatre. The real Magic and Bird were there for opening night.
The partners in Kirmser Ponturo Group also produced Broadway's better-received and longer-running "Lombardi," about legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.
"We hope to inspire new audiences through future sports stories in the theater," they said.