Casting complete for NFL stage outing
Judith Light is among the thesps joining Dan Lauria in the NFL-backed Broadway play “Lombardi.” Light (“Ugly Betty”), whose Gotham stage credits include Off Broadway hit “Wit,” will play the wife of Vince Lombardi (Lauria) in the show about the legendary football coach. Also in the cast are Keith Nobbs, Bill Dawes, Robert Christopher Riley and Chris Sullivan, all portraying football players. Thomas Kail (“In the Heights”) directs. Play by Eric Simonson is based on David Maraniss’ biography “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi.” Design team includes David Korins (set), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Howell Binkley (lights) and Acme Sound Partners/Nevin Steinberg (sound), with projections by Zach Borovay. Tony Ponturo and Frank Kirmser produce, with the NFL on board as a special producing partner that will provide promotional and marketing support, as well as authorized use of logos, film clips and music from NFL Films. Production reps an unusual venture that aims to get sports enthusiasts to turn out for theater. “Lombardi” will have a brief summer run July 22-28 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., ahead of a Broadway run beginning previews Sept. 23 and opening Oct. 21 at the Circle in the Square.