Coker cast as Larry Bird in new play

'Magic Bird' set to open on Broadway in the spring

Tug Coker has been cast as Boston Celtics great Larry Bird in the upcoming Broadway play “Magic Bird.”

Actor has guest starred in a handful of TV series, including “Torchwood,” “CSI” and “Community.” The role of Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson has yet to be filled.

Legit production, from producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo and in association with the NBA, is set to open in Gotham in the spring. Thomas Kali is directing, with Eric Simonson (“Lombardi”) on board as playwright.

The play will examine the relationship between Bird and Johnson, who were bitter rivals in both college and professional basketball but then formed an endearing friendship.

Said Bird of Coker’s casting: “I look forward to experiencing Tug’s portrayal of me during that fun and exciting time in my life.”

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