I saw Lombardi (Broadway) on 10/06/10. Overall, I'd say it was a 3-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “Strong performances, but the play fumbles by not showing how Lombardi's greatness transcends sports ”
I had a enjoyable time and left the show feeling entertained and a little disappointed. Dan lauria was a highlight of the show because he captured Lombardi's character brilliantly. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG. I would recommend this show to anyone who enjoys character studies but not to casual theatergoers looking just to escape.
I wanted this show to be better. The character that was Vince Lombardi is bigger-than-life and legendary in sports circles. But his success could have translated to any industry - and that didn't come across through the play. It feels like just a football story and I don't think that it had to. I wanted to feel more of the motivation and inspiration that Lombardi as a coach created.
Dan Lauria is excellent and Judith Light a highlight as Lombardi's wife. The in-the-round, stadium-like feel of the production works well. The creative team found highly effective ways to use a minimal set.
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