Sports and Broadway
A collection of Broadway plays that either centered around sports, or featured a professional athlete.
Compiled by Ashley Melfi
MIKE TYSON: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
Longacre Theatre, 2012
Mike Tyson and Spike Lee will each be making their broadway debuts, Tyson as an actor, and Lee as a director. Tyson will star in the one-man show, discussing the highs and lows of his life.
Longacre Theatre, 2012 Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, two of basketball’s greatest stars, shared a long, fierce, but friendly rivalry in the NBA. The play, which included old footage, centered around the two players’ relationship.
Circle in the Square Theatre, 2010
“Lombardi” follows its namesake, great Packers coach Vince Lombardi, through one week during the 1965 NFL season as Green Bay looks to win a championship.
Actor Dan Lauria (pictured) took on the role as the beloved coach.
TAKE ME OUT
Walter Kerr Theatre, 2003
“Take Me Out” focuses on a mixed-race baseball player’s decision to tell his baseball teammates he his gay. The production won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play.
46th Street Theatre, 1955, and Marquis Theatre, 1994
“Damn Yankees” first appeared on Broadway in 1955, then was revived nearly 40 years later. The plot revolves around a Washington Senators fan who offers to sell his soul to the devil for the chance to beat the Yankees. He’s taken up on the offer.
Shubert Theatre, 1943
Othello? And sports? Paul Robeson, who played football collegiately for Rutgers then professionally for the Akron Pros and Milwaukee Badgers, starred in Othello from 1943 to 1945. Robeson was the first black actor to play Othello on Broadway.
Belasco Theatre, 1937
The main character, Joe Bonaparte, struggles deciding whether to become a professional boxer, or to pursue his dream of playing the violin.
46th Street Theatre, 1927, and St. James Theatre, 1974
Tait College football star Tom Marlowe needs to pass an astronomy class to be able to play in “the big game.” Naturally, he falls in love with his tutor, Connie Lane. The play had a failed revival attempt in 1974.