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'Bronx Bombers' bombs; 'Rocky' up next

Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during rehearsal of

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Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo now are batting .333 on sports-themed Broadway shows, having enjoyed modest success with “Lombardi” then seeing “Magic/Bird’’ and now “Bronx Bombers’’ close after about a month.

The Yankees-centric play opened Feb. 6 and will be no more after next Sunday’s performance.

While that’s a better lifetime average than some of the show’s characters, including...

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Jeter bombshell colors 'Bronx Bombers'

In 2000, Jeter became the first player to

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Who knew when I saw “Bronx Bombers’’ Tuesday that Derek Jeter (played by Christopher Jackson) was less than 24 hours from officially becoming a legend-in-waiting to join his fellow historical characters in the play?

So starting Wednesday the sight of Jeter in the company of actors playing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and the rest of the old gang on Broadway surely had...

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'Bull Durham' is headed to Broadway . . . as a musical

3. "Bull Durham" (1988)

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“Bronx Bombers,’’ which got tepid reviews – including here – during its Off Broadway run, moves to Broadway for previews starting Jan. 10 at Circle in the Square, with a new Yogi Berra in Peter Scolari and changes to the script.

But however odd that attempt to marry theater and baseball may be, another show coming in 2014 has it beat: Ron Shelton is adapting his much-loved movie, “Bull Durham,’’...

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'Bronx Bombers' is Broadway bound

Francois Battiste as Elston Howard, C.J. Wilson as

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Undaunted by my mostly negative review last week, the producers of "Bronx Bombers" announced Monday that the show would move to Broadway early next year, with previews starting Jan. 10 and an official opening Feb. 6 at Circle in the Square Theater.

The big roster move is a new set of actors playing Yogi and Carmen Berra - the husband-and-wife duo of Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne.

There...

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Is 'Bronx Bombers' a bomb?

Richard Topol as Yogi Berra in the Primary

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“Bronx Bombers,’’ the latest from the sports-minded producers who brought you “Lombardi’’ and “Magic/Bird,’’ ends its off-Broadway run Saturday night and still is aiming for a Broadway premiere early in 2014.

The plan is tweak the show – and add other elements, including video – after what it called its “spring training’’ at The Duke on 42nd Street.

Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Writer/director...

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