Legendary coach could be on stage by 2010
A new play about football coach Vince Lombardi, “Lombardi,” is eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2010.Sports-themed legit outings aren’t exactly commonplace on Broadway, with one of the more recent successes being Richard Greenberg’s baseball-centric 2002 offering “Take Me Out.” New play will aim to appeal to both legit avids as well as sports fans. Lombardi is best known for resuscitating the Green Bay Packers when he became head coach of the team in 1959, leading the Packers to five N.F.L. championships over eight years. Simonson has previously written a separate play about Lombardi, and also adapted baseball story “Bang the Drum Slowly” for the stage. Further details regarding the project — including director, cast, exact dates and theater — remain to be announced. Steppenwolf Theater Company member Eric Simonson will pen the play based on David Maraniss’ biography of Lombardi, “When Pride Still Mattered.” Tony Ponturo (“Hair,” “Memphis”) — topper of an eponymous sports and entertainment management company, Ponturo Management Group — and Fran Kirmser (“Hair”) will produce the show.