Winning isn’t everything – it’s the Broadway thing

“I’ve been working in theater for 25 years, and I’ve been a Packer fan all my life. I have a good idea of what a theater audience is looking for, and I know what’s going on in the mind of a typical Packer fan.”

So says writer and director Eric Simonson, who is working on a play based on the life of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi

The play is being adapted from the fantastic biography by David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi and, according to the New York Times, plans for the staging of “Lombardi” will be announced on Monday.

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi's story is headed for Broadway

The Times notes that the play should debut on Broadway late next year and, thankfully, will be devoid of any singing or dancing. 

The concept has a shot – almost 40 years after his death, the Lombardi legend is as strong as ever.  The biggest question is who gets to play the role of ESPN’s “Coach of the Century”.  My guess, though I hope I am very wrong, would be this guy.

Meanwhile, Lombardi’s old team hopes not to incite any grave-rolling by their old coach when they take on the winless Buccaneers this weekend in Tampa.

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~ by acm213 on November 6, 2009.

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