Readings from the Broadway show of "Lombardi" will be performed this month. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Lauria to be part of ‘Lombardi’ readings


When I read David Maraniss’s “When Pride Mattered,” the story of Green Bay Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi, my thoughts were that it could very well have been made into a motion picture.
Well, I wasn’t far off … The book was used as the basis of a highly successful Broadway play that received rave reviews, one Tony Award nomination (Judith Light for her portrayal of Marie Lombardi), and was seen by thousands who made the trip to New York for the show.
Now for those who didn’t see the production, at least a portion of the cast will be in Wisconsin this week for a “reading.”
Dan Lauria, who performed the lead role as Lombardi, will be here, as wells other cast members.
A reading is a performance with actors playing their role without costumes, staging or props.
The play was created by Academy Award winner and Wisconsin native Eric Simonson, and is based on the bestselling biography, “When Pride Still Mattered: The Life of Vince Lombardi,” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss.
“Lombardi: A Reading by the Broadway Cast” will be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27. Tickets cost $45.
The cast will also perform at Fox Cities PAC in Appleton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 30. Tickets start at $30.
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or visit ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more should call 920-730-3786.
Those who buy tickets for the July 28 show have the chance to attend a cast party, which begins immediately after the production. Party tickets cost $50, and a portion of the proceeds will support mission-based activities.
Ticket holders who attend matinee readings on July 29 and 30 may stay for a post-show chat.
Lauria is most well known for his role as the father in “The Wonder Years.”
Plan to make a day of it … Visit Lambeau Field for a tour, spend some time walking through the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and then take in the evening show in the atrium … If you can’t make the Green Bay performance, Appleton is not that far away and with some planning, you may still be able to find the time to make it a full Packers adventure.

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