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Play highlights Georgia Bird's Magic touch

Updated: April 12, 2012, 1:11 PM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

Sports fans know the on-the-court story of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird. What many may not know is that the two stars forged a lifelong friendship out of their rivalry, thanks in large part to one woman -- Larry's late mother, Georgia Bird.

In the new Broadway play "Magic/Bird," which opens at the Longacre Theater in New York on Wednesday, we watch as the rivalry morphs from animosity to friendship.

Through a clever use of game footage (the play is produced in ...

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