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Aurora Theatre tackles ‘Lombardi’

Musical focuses on life of legendary football coach

POSTED: January 16, 2014 1:00 a.m.

As football fans wait for the arrival of the 2014 Super Bowl, theater enthusiast can learn the story about the man whose name is emblazoned on that football trophy.

Vince Lombardi is the focal point of Aurora Theatre’s new play “Lombardi,” which is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered — A Life of Vince Lombardi” written by David Maraniss. In the play, a diligent young reporter named Michael McCormick takes audience members inside the life of the legendary icon. It shares Lombardi’s inspirations, passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible.

Starring in the title role is Bart Hansard, one of Atlanta’s busiest actors on stage and screen and an Aurora audience favorite. Making her Aurora Theatre debut as Lombardi’s wife Marie will be Carolyn Cook, the winner of the 2013 Suzi Bass Award for Leading Actress in a play and one of Atlanta’s most accomplished leading ladies.

Taking on the roles of the legendary Packer players Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung and Dave Robinson are Jacob York, Brody Wellmaker and John Stewart. Rounding out the stellar cast is Chris Moses as Michael McCormick, the journalist tasked with figuring out what makes the legendary coach tick.

“For many guys, the thought of an evening at the theatre does not sound like much fun, but this show is about an NFL legend,” Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. “We intentionally planned the run of the show to coincide with the Super Bowl as a living history lesson.”

The Aurora Theatre show will run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 9.

Performances will be 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. A $16 discount matinee will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 instead of the Wednesday night performance.

Tickets range from $20 to $30. For seats, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Aurora Theatre will host a tailgate party Saturday, Feb. 1, to bring the game-day atmosphere to the theater parking lot. Tailgating will be from 5-7:30 p.m.

Free parking is available on the deck attached to Aurora Theatre at 153 Crogan St.


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