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Bronx Bombers is an original project conceived and commissioned by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo. Together they share a common vision of bringing new, original plays to a wide, diverse audience of theatergoers, initially combining the drama of sports and entertainment through Kirmser Ponturo Group. Lombardi and Magic/Bird were the first two productions in the series. Bronx Bombers is the third production in the series.

FRAN KIRMSER, Conceiver/Producer

Bronx Bombers is the third work in a sports series for stage conceived by Fran Kirmser. Broadway: Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award Best Play Revival, Drama Desk, OCC), Glengarry Glenn Ross, Lombardi, Magic/Bird, Hair (Tony Award Best Musical Revival, Drama Desk, OCC), August Wilson's Radio Golf (Tony Nominee Best Play, Drama Desk, OCC). For over 15 years Fran has produced and consulted for numerous commercial and non profit productions Off Broadway


Bronx Bombers is the third sports work where Tony Ponturo has brought major sports leagues to the theater. Broadway: Lombardi (NFL), Magic/Bird (NBA) , Memphis (Tony Award Best Musical, Drama Desk, OCC), Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award Best Play Revival, Drama Desk, OCC) Glengarry Glenn Ross. Repeatedly recognized as one of the top 10 most powerful influencers in sports, Ponturo is an Inductee into The Broadcast Hall of Fame for his innovation in sports media.

ERIC SIMONSON, Playwright / Director

Broadway: Lombardi; Magic/Bird; Song of Jacob Zulu (Tony nomination). Plays and adaptations: Fake; Honest; Speak American; Slaughterhouse-five; Carter's Way; Work Song (with Jeffrey Hatcher); Bang the Drum Slowly. Productions at Steppenwolf, Huntington, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Eye of God, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Kennedy Center, and Next in Chicago, among others. Films and documentaries: Listening to America (Emmy nomination); A Note of Triumph (Oscar win); Gentle Steps to Freedom (Oscar nomination); Hamlet (co-directed with Campbell Scott); Princess Grace Statue winner; IDA Distinguished Achievement Award; Frankel Award winner; Company member of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.


Previously designed All in the Timing for Primary Stages. Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Chaplin, Grace, Rock of Ages, Sondheim on Sondheim, …Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, The Two and Only. Off-Broadway: more than 50 shows including The Last Five Years, The Toxic Avenger, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Miss Julie, Roundabout, The Public, MTC, Second Stage, Vineyard, MCC, The New Group. Other designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet), Paradise Found (London), Reel to Real (Beijing), Chaplin (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 Obie Award.

DAVID C. WOOLARD, Costume Design

Selected Broadway: First Date, Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, Dividing the Estate, The Farnsworth Invention, The Rocky Horror Show (Tony nomination, Hewes Award), The Who's Tommy (Tony and Olivier Award nominations), A Few Good Men. Opera: Oscar (Santa Fe Opera, world premiere), Don Giovanni (NYC Opera), Cosi fan tutte (Santa Fe Opera). Off-Broadway/regional: The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), The Orphans' Home Cycle (Signature Theatre, Hewes Award).

JASON LYONS, Lighting Design

Primary Stages: All in the Timing. Broadway: Let it Be, Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and nat'l tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent Murder for Two (Second Stage); Johnny Baseball (Williamstown); Venice (The Public); On the Town (Barrington); Hello Dolly (Goodspeed); Medieval Play (Signature); Uncle Vanya (CSC); White Noise (Chicago); Broke-ology, Clay (LCT); Happy Hour, The Collection & A Kind of Alaska Scarcity (Atlantic); ten years with The New Group including The Good Mother, Marie & Bruce, Groundswell, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Hurlyburly. Faculty: Purchase College.

LINDSAY JONES, Original Music and Sound Design

Broadway: A Time To Kill; Off-Broadway: Through the Night (Union Square Theatre), Wild With Happy (The Public), The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons), Top Secret (NYTW), many others. Regional: McCarter, Arena Stage, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Guthrie, many others. International: Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Festival, Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, & Scotland. TV/film scoring: The Brass Teapot for Magnolia Pictures and A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2006 Academy Award winner) for HBC Films.


London-born Paul Huntley has worked on hundreds of Broadway shows since his 1972 arrival in New York, most memorably the original productions of Amadeus, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Producers, and Hairspray. A recipient of the Dram Desk and Tony awards, he has also worked with some of the most legendary leading ladies of the cinema, ranging from Bette Davis, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh to Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Glenn Close and Jessica Lange. Current shows include Big Fish and Cinderella.


Peter Scolari

Yogi Berra

TV: Emmy Award winner for "Newhart" (three Emmy nominations), also "Bosom Buddies", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "The West Wing," "E.R.," "Family Ties," "White Collar," "King of Queens," "Reba," "Ally McBeal," "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" (Showtime). Film: That Thing You Do, Polar Express, Suburban Girl, Camp Nowhere, The Ryan White Story. Broadway/NY: Hairspray, Sly Fox, Magic/Bird, Out of This World, Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!), Lucky Guy, and the World premieres of Daniel Sullivan's Inspecting Carol and Ken Ludwig's Fox on The Fairway. Winner, Best Actor, Berkshire Theater Festival for The Foreigner. Film Critic's Award Nom. Best Featured Actor for "Girls" (HBO).

"You can observe a lot by watching." - Yogi Berra, Bronx Bombers


Tracy Shayne

Carmen Berra

A Broadway veteran, Tracy was hired as a teen by Michael Bennett to play Bebe in A Chorus Line, and she later replaced the original Cosette in Les Miserables. Tracy was then cast by Mr. Hal Prince to play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway until its celebrated 10th year anniversary. She has played Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway, on national tour and internationally. She originated the role of Martha in a World Premiere of Missing Footage, by Gen LeRoy at the Old Globe Theater, and played Sunny Jacobs in the Regional Premiere of The Exonerated. Ms. Shayne starred as Marion Froude in the off-Broadway revival of the S.N. Behrman classic Biography at the Mint Theater. Her selected television credits include guest-starring roles on the original "Law and Order," and later on "Law and Order, Criminal Intent." She was featured in "Kennedy Center Honors, A Tribute to Hal Prince," and as a Principal Dancer in "Baryshnikov on Broadway." Ms. Shayne is a select soloist on the Grammy-winning International symphonic recording of Les Miserables as Cosette, which she performed with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently she completed work on Jerome's Bouquet, a short film directed by Bebe Neuwirth.

"It's good to know that, when a Yankee is in need, the Yankees are friends. Indeed." - Carmen Berra, Bronx Bombers


Francois Battiste

Reggie Jackson / Elston Howard

Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout), Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: Detroit '67 (Public), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center), The Good Negro (Public Theatre, OBIE Award), The Winter's Tale (Delacorte), The Merchant of Venice (Delacorte), Ten Things to do Before I Die (Second Stage). Regional: Williamstown, Sundance, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Dallas Theatre Center. Selected TV/Film: "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "Are We There Yet?" HBO's The Normal Heart, Men in Black III, You Bury Your Own. Founding member of The Collective Theatre Co. in Chicago.

"I came here to be Reggie Jackson, and as far as I can tell, that's exactly why Mr. Steinbrenner brought me here—for me to—be me. To bring the immensity that is Reggie Jackson." - Reggie Jackson, Bronx Bombers

"Six rings, two Gold Gloves. But nobody knows that. And I was even MVP one year. I stood tall with the best[...]." - Elston Howard, Bronx Bombers


Chris Henry Coffey

Joe DiMaggio

Most recently Chris was seen in A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Mark Lamos and in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Second Stage, directed by Davis McCallum. Most recent film and TV credits include The Little Tin Man (which will release 2013) and Epilogue (which premiered at Tribeca FF 2013). Also Neil LaBute's BFF and David Schwimmer's feature Trust. Recurring roles on "Law & Order: CI", guest-stars on "The Good Wife", "Cupid", "Law & Order", and others. Coffey is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

"A Yankee's got to be a Yankee. [...] It's a kind of attitude." - Joe DiMaggio, Bronx Bombers


Bill Dawes

Mickey Mantle / Thurman Munson

Bill's last play was Lombardi on Broadway. On TV, Bill has recently guest starred on "Criminal Minds," "Rizzoli & Isles" & "Law & Order." He's appeared in several independent films including I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Adam, and Evenhand. As a comic, Bill is a staple at the Hollywood Laugh Factory, a regular headliner at The Tropicana in Las Vegas, and is currently part of The Leatherneck Tour performing on Marine bases throughout the world. He has also toured Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the USO.

"I just want to play. And I want to win, that's all. Why can't we just play some goddam ball?" - Thurman Munson, Bronx Bombers

"I never thought baseball would not be cool." - Mickey Mantle, Bronx Bombers


Christopher Jackson

Derek Jeter

Broadway: Memphis, In The Heights, The Lion King. Off-Broadway: The Jammer, Cotton Club Parade, Lonely I'm Not, In The Heights. TV: "A Gifted Man," "White Collar," "Nurse Jackie," "Gossip Girl," "Fringe," "Oz." Film: Tracers. Charter member of the Hip-Hop/Improv comedy group, Freestyle Love Supreme. Emmy award-winning composer and lyricist for collaboration with Will.I.AM for Outstanding Original Song. Jackson was co-music director for the Emmy Winning PBS Show, "The Electric Company" and composed music for "Sesame Street". Solo album: In the Name of Love.

"From all of us here, it's a huge honor to put on this uniform every day..." - Derek Jeter, Bronx Bombers


Keith Nobbs

Billy Martin

Broadway: Lombardi, The Lion in Winter. Off-Broadway: The Tutors, The Great God Pan, Lemon Sky, Dog Sees God, Romance, Dublin Carol, Triple Happiness, Four (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nom.), The Hasty Heart, Free to Be You and Me, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, Fuddy Meers, Stupid Kids. Television: "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (upcoming), "The Pacific," "The Black Donnellys" (series regular) and others. Film: The Bad Guys, Weakness, Phone Booth, 25th Hour, Double Whammy and others. Graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.

"There's no better feeling in the world than when I put on the pinstripes." - Billy Martin, Bronx Bombers


John Wernke

Lou Gehrig

Broadway: The American Plan, The Lyons, Accent On Youth, The Royal Family. Off Broadway: Cactus Flower, Ten Chimneys, A Little Journey. Regional: American Conservatory Theater, Ma-Yi Theater, Portland Center Stage, Capital Repertory, People's Light and Theater, Two River Theater. Film/TV: The Good Shepherd, Broken English, "Life On Mars," "NYC Serenade." BFA Boston University.

"The first year I played, I was sent a contract for three thousand dollars. My mom and dad couldn't believe it. We were poor our whole lives. We were grateful." - Lou Gehrig, Bronx Bombers


CJ Wilson

Babe Ruth

Broadway: The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Steady Rain, Festen, Henry IV, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Off-Broadway: Medieval Play, The Lady from Dubuque (Signature); All-American (LCT 3); Offices, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic Theater); Race (Jewish Rep); Stop Kiss (Public). Primary Stages: Happy Now? (Lucille Lortel nom.). Regional: Berkshire Theatre Group, Williamstown, Wilma, Old Globe, McCarter, ACT in Seattle, Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Chautauqua, Acting Company. Film: The Magic of Belle Isle, Ghoul, Campfire Stories. Television: "The Good Wife," "The Americans," "Blue Bloods," "Pan Am," "Onion Sportsdome," "Without A Trace," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI," "Third Watch," "Amsterdam," "Fox Fellow."

"[...]the kids need baseball and they have to know about it. If boys grow up without baseball, why, they won't know what they're missing, cause it's the best goddam thing that ever happened to this country." - Babe Ruth, Bronx Bombers


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