I’d like to begin by shamelessly borrowing from my colleague, Ned Donovan. “Sometimes a piece of news comes across our desk that is just a picture perfect representation of The Turf”. At the time, Ned was referencing a new musical in the works being developed by Tony Hawk. Now comes another piece of news that falls right in our wheelhouse: In 2002 playwright Richard Greenberg penned a play involving a baseball team. It centered around one particular player – Darren Lemming – a mixed-race player who, during the peak of his career, decides to come out. It was called “Take Me Out”. Today it was announced that the play will be returning to Broadway, taking the mound at the Hayes Theatre”.
From Single-A Ball to the Majors
Richard Greenberg grew up on Long Island. His studies took him from East Meadow High School to Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude, studying creative writing. He went on to Harvard, but
Originally staged in London at the Donmar Warehouse, it moved to the Public Theatre in 2002 before jumping to Broadway in 2003. The production played 355 performances at the Walter Kerr Theater. It won the Tony Award for Best Play that season.
Sports & Theatre – More Common t
han You Think
You may not immediately think of sports when discussing theatre, but Broadway has a pretty storied history when it comes to sports-related shows. Heck – as a staff we pride ourselves on bridging the gap between theatre and sports. Just ask Editor-In-Chief Justin Colombo, who recently shared the stage with former NY Giant Tiki Barber! To many of us here at The Turf, stories intertwining sports and the arts are like gifts on Christmas morning. Did anyone else out there see the 2010 production of “Lombardi” at Circle in the Square, starring Dan Lauria? I don’t know about you, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing “Take Me Out” return to the Great White Way.
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