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Production Photos: Primary Stages Presents World Premiere of Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers Featuring C.J. Wilson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Richard Topol and More at The Duke on 42nd Street, Opens October 8, 2013

C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth. © 2013 James Leynse.

C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth. © 2013 James Leynse.

Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) presents the World Premiere of Bronx Bombers, written and directed by Tony Award nominee Eric Simonson (Broadway’s Lombardi) at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street in New York, September 20 – October 19, 2013. Opening night is October 8 at 7pm.

The production features Francois Battiste (Broadway’s Magic/ Bird) as Reggie Jackson and Elston Howard, Chris Henry Coffey (Off-Broadway’s Water by the Spoonful) as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dawes (Broadway’s Lombardi) as Mickey Mantle/Thurman Munson, Christopher Jackson (Broadway’s In the Heights, Memphis) as Derek Jeter, Wendy Makkena (Broadway’s Side Man) as Carmen Berra, Keith Nobbs (Broadway’s Lombardi) as Billy Martin, Richard Topol (Broadway’s The Normal Heart, The Merchant of Venice) as Yogi Berra, John Wernke (Broadway’s The Lyons) as Lou Gehrig, and C.J. Wilson (Happy Now? at Primary Stages, Broadway’s The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross) as Babe Ruth.

Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, John Wernke as Lou Gehrig, Richard Topol as Yogi Berra and C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth. © 2013 James Leynse.

Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, John Wernke as Lou Gehrig, Richard Topol as Yogi Berra and C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth. © 2013 James Leynse.

Ruth. Berra. DiMaggio. Jeter. The New York Yankees has never had a shortage of star players. In this world premiere from the creative team behind Broadway’s Lombardi and the director of the Primary Stages hit String of Pearls, Bronx Bombers examines how baseball’s most storied franchise has always remained focused on maintaining a great team, even when dealing with some of the game’s most iconic and tempestuous personalities. How do they do it? Well, as Yogi always said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”

Bronx Bombers features Scenic Design by Beowulf Borritt, Costume Design by David. C. Woolard, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons, and Original Music and Sound by Lindsay Jones.

Back Row: Francois Battiste, C.J. Wilson, Richard Topol, Wendy Makkena, Christopher Jackson, Bill Dawes; Front Row: John Wernke, Keith Nobbs. © 2013 James Leynse.

Back Row: Francois Battiste, C.J. Wilson, Richard Topol, Wendy Makkena, Christopher Jackson, Bill Dawes; Front Row: John Wernke, Keith Nobbs. © 2013 James Leynse.

Bronx Bombers plays a limited engagement September 20- October 19 at The Duke on 42nd Street – a New 42nd Street project. (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th avenues). Performances are Tues.-Thurs. 7pm, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2 & 8pm, Sun. 3&7 pm. There is an added performance Wed, October 16 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased online at Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646-223-3010 or at the box office. Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are: Tues.-Fri. 4pm- 7pm; Sat. 12 pm- 6pm. Box Office hours are extended on performance days. Group Tickets (10+) are $49 each for all performances. Student group tickets are available for $39 each. Group sales are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.
Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

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National Black Theatre Festival Photos: Backstage with André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Erin Cherry, Sean Phillips and Morocco Omari in Knock Me A Kiss
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Febone1960.net Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
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Celebrity Actress, Pauletta Pearson Washington returns home to North Carolina starring at 2013 National Black Theatre festival with Roscoe Orman (“Sesame Street,” Willie Dynamite) and all star cast in Lorey Hayes’ award-winning “Power Play”, a play about Politics, Passion and The Power of God
Photos: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm, S. Epatha Merkerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jesse L. Martin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon and More Set for August Wilson American Century Cycle Recording Series at The Greene Space in NY, Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 2013
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