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Magic Johnson, Larry Bird story headed to Broadway stage

Feb 17, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT


Well, it’s can’t get worse reviews than Spiderman the Musical.

The NBA is teaming up with Eric Simonson and the team that has brought “Lombardi” to Broadway to produce “Magic/Bird,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Just as “Lombardi” was produced with the help of National Football League, “Magic/Bird” will have the backing of the National Basketball Association. Bird and Johnson will also participate in Simonson’s new project, scheduled to debut on Broadway in 2012.

The makings of a good play are certainly there — if you don’t know the story go see HBO’s “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals.” Now. It is fantastic. Anyway, what you need for a good play is drama — conflict — and characters that strive and have to grow and achieve at a higher level to overcome an obstacle. This story has all that (over and over). Plus Lakers vs. Celtics. Sounds good to me.

Twitter caught fire Wednesday with people trying to think up casting for the play. I admit my idea of James Gandolfini as Bird may not really work. If you want to play casting supervisor put your suggestions in the comments.

  1. dayrunner9 - Feb 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    maybe it can be narrated offstage like Our Town by actors doing a present day Bird & Magic. seeing that picture it would be fun to get a skinny Elvis, fat Elvis thing going.

  2. smbakke77 - Feb 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Put a curly blond wig on Edward Norton and I bet he could play Bird. If you watch him in Primal Fear, he kinda looks and sounds like Larry. He has a bit of game as seen in American History X too…not sure who could play Magic. He may have to play himself!

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