The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Lombardi on Broadway.

If there was a Tony Award for the show this season that brought the most new audience members to the theater, it would be Lombardi.

I can’t tell you how many times people said to me last Fall, “Ken, are they really doing a play about football on Broadway?”

My answer?  “No, they are doing a play about a great man . . . who just happened to coach football.”

Lombardi, like the Green Bay Packers themselves, surprised everyone by making it through the winter and well beyond as plays by Mamet and Guare closed around it.  Their breakaway success was partly due to the fantastic job the Producers did in partnering with the NFL.  It’s a success story that Lombardi himself would be proud of.

The show is closing on May 22nd, but we’ve got 2 free tickets for you to see this show before the 4th quarter buzzer goes off.

And here’s how you win!

Sports and Broadway have not always gone together, but could Lombardi be the beginning of a new trend?  The Producers of Lombardi are already sheparding a new play about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to Broadway in 2012.  What sports hero is next?

What sports figure(s) do you want to see a play about?  They can be real or fictional (i.e. Rocky – which was rumored at one point).

Comment below (email subcribers click here) and I’ll pick a winner from your ideas!

Good luck!

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  • lauren m says:

    One of the best tennis players: Andre Agassi. He went through a lot of stuff throughout his career, I think it’d be cool to see a show about him.

  • Susan says:

    Willy Mays the Say Hey Kid

  • John M says:

    I don’t think anything has ever been written about one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th Century-Jesse Owens. What a story that would make!

  • Ali says:

    A campy musical about the drama between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.

  • Kerry Z. says:

    A stage version of The Black Sox Scandal could be as interesting and dramatic as “The Caine Mutiny Court-Marshall”.

  • Price Messick says:

    Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay). He’s such an amazing character as it is, and it would be fantastic to tell his rise, fall, and rise again. What a story you could tell about him.

  • Alex W says:

    I think a play about the college basketball betting/bribery scandals of 1951 would make a terrifc play. 60 years ago four New York City colleges (CCNY, Manhattan College, NYU, LIU) had players indicted and arrested, as well as notorious fixers, gamblers, bookies, and agents who were all involved in paying players to lose games and shave points. The characters are great: Jewish-American college basketball players getting paid off by New York Jewish-American crooks; an honest African-American player who tipped off the police; former Army and Marine soldiers-turned college b-ball players who then got arrested for taking bribes; the District Attorney who set forth a huge chain of arrests and trials; Italian-American fixers who got years of jail time. Set in post-war New York City, I think the whole thing could be a really dramatic play with great conflict and character studies, and reflecting on the state of college basketball (March Madness, etc.) today.

  • Victoria says:

    It may be too early for this but Venus and Serina Williams. From their rivalry to their now huge fashion empire!

  • Robb J says:

    a Cameron Macintosh production about the life and redemption of Michael Vick. Naturally titled Dogs

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    A musical, “Tiger!!” about the rise and fall of the world’s greatest golfer with songs like “Honey, When I said I Was Playing Around, You’re The One Who Thought I Meant Golf”, “Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme Half”, and “A Hooker For Every Hole”

  • I’m honestly amazed that nobody has produced a musical version of “A League Of Their Own”. I’d see that! Sign Madonna on as a producer and you’ve got a hit.

  • Brad R says:

    Babe Ruth using the style of music from that era. “The Babe”

  • doug says:

    i think no matter who the sports person is, it has to be an inspirational, charasmatic person with a story – like a rags to riches kinda story, or someone with integrity and a steadfast belief in the sport. Also – i guess it would be helpful is someone has already written a book about it – unless you are commissioning a brand new play from scratch. and like you said, a unique partnership with a sponsoring sports organization (e.g the NFL, NHL, NBA, etc) would probably be a good idea financially. How about the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team and the coach? Inspirational, triumphant, fairly interesting staging could be done at Circle in the Square Theatre too! Plus a movie and plenty of books have already been written so there’s plenty of material for someone to pull from. I’d invest. 😉

  • doug m says:

    the staging potential in the CITS theatre is amazing – what about Tennis and the USTA? someone already mentioned venus and serina or agasi – (all still living writing about them could be tricky) – but what about Arthur Ashe, Billy Jean King, Martina – or McEnroe (there’s a character!)? It could be like the other side of “Deuce” with Angela and Marian – which did have a good commercial run. Time the opening with the US Open and you might have a winner? And maybe you could figure out a way to have real tennis pros involved in the performance – while the story is unfolding – think of the possibilities for the rotating cast!

  • Robin says:

    I want a piece about Jackie Robinson. The history paired with the sportsmanship would make a very interesting show!

  • Doug DeVita says:

    Following the trend of movies to stage, but with a classic: a musical version of the Tracy/Hepburn film “Pat & Mike.”

  • P. C. says:

    Althea Gibson would be a fabulous choice. And the Williams sisters wouldn’t be too bad a choice either.

  • Melissa N. says:

    A show about Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris would be great. They already had a tv movie and if you get Billy Crystal on board (like the movie) and a couple of good actors it could be great!

  • Auntief says:

    How about Leo Seltzer? He was the creator of that guilty pleasure “ROLLER DERBY”.

  • Barbara says:

    The Black Glove a Musical About OJ Simpson

  • Mike D says:

    This is a tough one. Loving both sports and theatre, many pop in my head. Like many others I have always thought “A league of their Own” calls out to be made, and I am very intrigued by “Rocky”, but there are two I think would be great. One would appeal to the young girls,Nadia. The gymnastics, the girl just trying to fit in story. It can even be cast like Billy Elliot. The other is more main stream. If you ask guys to name the one movie that gets them every time, it would be RUDY. I would love to see a full out musical about RUDY. Hell is want song, is pretty much written already.

  • David C Neal says:

    I was all set to say the 1980 US Olympic Men’s Hockey Team (and then make a wisecrack about Starlight Express)…but I see the idea has been presented by Doug already.
    So, I then thought about Munich Olympics massacre of 1972. Compelling story with lots of existing source material. I leave to the experts as to how to make the whole thing profitable.

  • Laurent Nahon says:

    How about doing “one for the Gipper,” the sory of Knute Rockne! Its a natural to do!

  • Noah B says:

    Michael Oher… from “The Blindside…” a great drama could be made from that story…

  • Scott Morwitz says:

    Michael Jordan. I’m seeing a lot of wire work when Michael is going for a lay-up, ala “Spiderman” and “BIlly Elliot”!

  • Anne Cahalane says:

    It has to be Mohammad Ali. He has a fascinating life story and its so rich in our countries history (vietnam, racial issues) and culture – as well as a great personal story.

  • Tony p says:

    Either Hank Aaron or Joe DiMaggio. Actually I’d love to see a treatment of Bang The Drum Slowly make it to Broadway!

  • MomsThoughts says:

    George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin and the NY Yankees! What a musical that would be!

  • Ryan Kazimir says:

    The story of Derek Rose and the SAT scandal.

  • Claire says:

    I’ll go for fictional: I’d like to see Rudy turned into a musical!

  • John Sweeney says:

    Lily Tomlin in a one-woamn show written by Jane Wagner based on the life of Billie Jean King!

  • John Sweeney says:

    Oops! That should be “one-WOMAN” show!

  • John says:

    Babe Ruth. Baseball is America’s game and Babe Ruth tops the list.

  • Emily says:

    Wayne Gretzky!!!

  • Nancy Paris says:

    Jack Nicklaus and call it “Bye Bye Birdie”.

  • Geraldine says:

    Tennis player Yannick Noah is the perfect subject for a musical!
    Here are the five reasons why:
    1-Famed tennis player
    2-Turned famous singer (SINGER, hello musical!)
    3-Comedian
    4-Interesting family life
    5-Tall and handsome, and French (elegance and sex-appeal)

  • Anthony McD. says:

    I would say Muhammad Ali or Jackie Robinson. With a Muhammad Ali story you could dive into the facts about his life from how changed his name to why he started boxing, to his getting sent to jail for not wanting to go to war. There are so many interesting facts about his life that really as I think about…I need to stop saying so much and go get his Life Story Rights lol!

  • Bridget Ori says:

    I was a college cheerleader and always hoped there would be a play or movie about that sport and what it was actually like – difficult, competitive, ATHLETIC… and yes, dramatic. That would have been my number one choice, but we may have something like that coming in BRING IT ON. I don’t know anything about the musical yet, but I know that BRING IT ON the movie certainly didn’t represent my cheerleading experience (I went to McGill, and my team wasn’t full of bimbos, and cheerleading was as serious as any other sport). So I hope for better things in the show.
    But my second choice, in spite of this being another movie (and we’ve maybe seen enough of them turned into plays for awhile), I’d love to see HOOSIERS on stage. I wonder, though, if something like that could even translate.
    I also completely agree about the Black Sox idea and I wish I had thought of it first.

  • Malini says:

    I would like to see the play version of The Blind Side about Michael Oher. I just found that movie so moving. The struggle, beating the odds, being the underdog. So relatable. I love that movie. And Sandra can get a Tony for it.

  • Rebecca LaChance says:

    It may not be football, but there is an AMAZING and totally theatrical story behind Kerri Strug and the 1996 Olympics. If winning a gold medal with a broken ankle isn’t theater, I don’t know what is.

  • Mary says:

    I’d love to see a musical about an underdog team of shuffleboard players from upstate New York who, against all odds, make it to the Shuffleboard World Championships and defeat the reigning champions; it’d be called “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” and during the tap numbers, the paddles would turn into canes.

  • Marina B says:

    I’d love to see a show about the ladies who did roller derby – and and the guys who do wrestling. Kind of battle of the sexes but aren’t they all in AFTRA or SAG? It could be a spoof on a spoof but end up being a real slice of their lives. I think it could be done! A fun musical for sure.

  • jessica says:

    Darryl Strawberry. He’d be the ultimate character, with such high (no pun intended) points in his life (being a Mets and Yankees player, 8 All-Star games, etc) and then having such low points in his life (cocaine problems, colon cancer).

  • samantha says:

    The 2010 San Francisco Giants’ road to the World Series. Could be called “Band of Misfits.”

  • JDS says:

    Rocky Marciano – Heavy Weight Champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Undefeated, 49 straight fights. In 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano was killed in a small private plane crash headed to Des Moines, Iowa.
    “What would be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you’re a champion?”
    – Rocky Marciano
    I see it being produced a la Elia Kazan/Streetcar.

  • Anthony says:

    Jackie Robinson
    Or how about Casey Stengel, he was a character
    I’m sure Yogi Berra would be a good one, too

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I would like to see a play about Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio.

  • vhpike@aol.com says:

    Roy Hobbs from the movie “The Natural”. That would be a great movie to adapt as a play.

  • Alan says:

    Broadway Joe Namath

  • Marcia Rodd says:

    I think a musical about the Williams sisters would be spectacular!

  • Mike Vogel says:

    A play centered around the most popular sports tournament in America–the NCAA College Basketball tournament in March–would be a winner. The pure amateurs who capture the hearts of America, as fans nationwide root for their new heroes (and bet in every office and home on the outcome, giving them an urgent rooting interest) would generate instant, widespead appeal.
    Wait, there is a play like that already written: Mike Vogel’s March Madness!

  • Drew says:

    Tiger Woods’ story told a la “Nine” – 1 man and all the women in his life. The protective mother, the betrayed wife, and the many mistresses.

  • Jack McCleland says:

    Satchel Paige. He had a wonderfully interesting life. He was probably one of the greatest ball players of all time but he was confined, for most of his career, to the Negro Leagues. His life is set against racism, gangsters, and the carnival atmosphere of early baseball. He becomes one of the first to break the racial barrier in professional baseball. A fascinating story.

  • Alex Jorth says:

    A play about Arthur Ashe would be wonderful as his is such a moving story. His rise to the top of the tennis world as an African American is truly touching and inspiring!.

  • lkmarsh@global-conservation.org says:

    Rudy–if B’Way is like H’Wood they want to use known quantities–and esp. if Sean Astin can sing…field goal!
    And it’s Rock-esque and Shakespearean–everything that would work for the theater.

  • David says:

    I’m going to turn this one around a little bit: Red Sox Fans. (Or Cubs Fans.)
    These are people who spent their entire lives waiting and intently wishing for a championship, who watched 162 games a year for decades, who endured Buckner (Boston) and Bartman (Chicago) and, in some cases (Hello Chicago), never got to see their team win it all.
    A play about a family of Red Sox fans, the patriarch of which may or may not have lived to see the 2004 championship, would be fantastic.

  • David C Neal says:

    I may be stretching the definition of ‘sports figure’ a bit, but hey, this is theatre, right?!
    Evel Knievel. Part sportsman, part PT Barnum, appealing to both young and old, I think this would make for a fascinating profile. Imagine depictions of famous stunts (over fountains and canyons) on a stage.
    I have (the wonderful) Leigh Montville’s new book on my shelf as a must-read. Could be good source material.

  • Marty says:

    This might be too dark, if we are looking for a typical “success” when it comes to musicals (although thankfully shows like Spring Awakening and Next to Normal don’t follow the usual formula), but the story of Alan Iverson and the racism that plagued him through the trial in his hometown is incredible. ESPN’s documentary serious 30 for 30 did a piece on it, and it has incredible drama – a guy who shoudn’t have made it, had everything going against him, and ended up becoming one of the most recognizable sports stars in history (and he’s super short no less!) He was a polarizing figure, he has a name that draws attention, and the appeal of conspiracy lends itself to great drama.

  • The Harlem Globe Trotters fascinate me. Their amazing skill, positivity, and indefatigable spirit (especially their role model leadership for young people) were inspirational during a more-than-usual tumultuous time of racial and social unrest. Leaders like Lombardi are great, and in contrast this story would show the other side: the team itself.

  • Rhinoriddler says:

    I’d love to see Without Limits (maybe the musical?) Billy Crudup is still kicking so why not a second spin of Prefontaine
    On a second thought. The murderball championship Mark Zupan is also a potential hit, at least that’s what I thought. Paraplegic athletes are moving and can bring up all the energies you can possibly imagine

  • David L. says:

    Sports plays sometimes turns people off but I think a play about the friendship between Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and how it fell apart when A-Rod made those disparaging comments would be interesting. The play could actually be set in 2004 when A-Rod came to the Yankees and that could be the jumping off point. So, it’s a play about sports, it’s a play about two celebrities AND it’s a play about friendship and doesn’t that resonate with everyone?

  • David L. says:

    Did I mention that it’s about the Yankees AND New York?!

  • Jordan Levine says:

    A play about Ryan Leaf could be sensational. A unique anti-hero gets everything he wants and has the ultimate fall from grace? Of the Oedpius formula certainly, but with relevant icons (mentions and comparisons to Peyton Manning in abundance), it could be outstanding.

  • Reg says:

    So many good choices already taken, but what about the world of bowling? I see Book of Mormon, Avenue Q style potential here…off-the-beaten path subject matter meets great songwriting and a hilarious book, and I smell a Perfect Score! STRIKE!

  • jscarmalt@verizon.net says:

    In taking a theme that is (already) part theatre, part sport, part ridiculous fantasy, the beginings of pro wrestling. Remember Haystack Calhoun, Bo-Bo Brazil? They are just the a couple of the names from the early days (of a premise) that could provide, great music (from virtually every genre), great costuming, unlimited story resources, terrific choreography, unlimited comedy appeal,(just by the ridiculous nature of pro-wrestling)and opportunities to blend reality with fiction and fantasy from the opening “bell”.

  • Jules says:

    A show about Pele, Herb Brooks and the US National Hockey team or a farse about how the Olympics got their start would be fun.

  • There are so many baseball names that come up in my head. I’ll choose just one though.
    Lou Gehrig. He played his entire career with the Yankees (New York City). He has been called the Greatest First Baseman in history. And he has a disease named after him (ALS… aka: Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It’s an awful disease. And… part of the proceeds each night can go towards fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease. So there’s the added benefit of philanthropy through theatre.

  • Mariah H says:

    The story of the 1980 US Men’s Hockey team. It is one of the most popular stories about one of Broadway’s favorite topics-the underdog triumphing.
    However, it’d probably have to be a musical, because then it could be called Miracle the Musical, and the players could roll around the stage on roller-blades.

  • Jonathan says:

    My vote would be a production of the 1993 classic,”Rudy.”

  • Amanda says:

    I think Lance Armstrong would make a very interesting subject for a new musical or play. His life has had it’s fair share (and more) of ups and downs covering his career, personal relationships and philanthropy.

  • Rob says:

    Found this on You Tube. This is AMAZING. This guy would be great as Magic on Broadway. WOW!

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