'Magic/Bird' to close on Broadway

May 1, 2012
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Without any love shown in the Tony Award nominations this morning--and without significant traffic at the box office--the Broadway bro-mance "Magic/Bird" will play its last performance May 12. That's significantly less than the 244 performances that the producers' previous sports play, "Lombardi," racked up.

Would a stronger show have found an audience? Or was there little chance from the get-go for a play about two hard-working rivals on the basketball court.

Your thoughts?

 

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  • Opening Date
    Lou,
    I have to think the show could have found a stronger folowing if it did not open up in the Spring time frame when the majority of new shows open on Broadway. The "local" crowd who sees Broadway in New York were faced with too many new choices and thus no word of mouth. Lombardi opened in October of 2010 and found an audience. I'm sure star-casting helped with Dan Lauria and Judith Light, but one can still speculate. Maybe I'm wrong though and the real answer was having Jeremy Lin in the show.
  • Disappointing
    I'm disappointed to hear it's closing so soon. I read your very positive review and was hoping it would have a longer life on Broadway - perhaps it will see some action in the regional theatre circuit, despite its being a casting challenge. I'm always fascinated by plays about sports; I can't think of any that are truly successful except maybe Take Me Out, but that's not really about baseball, is it.

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