The hit Broadway play LOMBARDI, starring Dan Lauria as the legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, is currently playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Dan Lauria was featured in the Sunday New York Times on February 6.
By STUART MILLER
WITH “Lombardi,” a surprise hit, and the new revival of “That Championship Season,” sports has an unusually prominent place on the Broadway stage this Super Bowl week. It’s an odd twist since people often presume that sports and theater exist in mutually exclusive universes. Not so, many actors, playwrights and directors insist.
Here’s a lineup of some of the theater world’s biggest fans (and a few players):
Plays the title character in “Lombardi” (Circle in the Square).
SPORTS FAN Football.
SPORTS BACKGROUND Played college football and was planning to become a coach until he discovered theater in his junior year.
FAVORITE TEAM New York Giants (but he’s rooting for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl).
SIGN OF PASSION When he met Frank Gifford, a former idol, “I started telling [him] about a pass he caught directly over his head against the Cardinals, and he remembered all the details.”
WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW Mr. Lauria worked as a linebacker coach while waiting to enter the University of Connecticut’s graduate playwriting program and was offered an assistant coaching job at the University of Iowa.
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