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Actors Discuss Bronx Bombers, Part 1

by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Francois Battiste and Bill Dawes :: Bob Ahrens

Francois Battiste, Bill Dawes, and Keith Nobbs describe playing Yankee Greats


Bronx Bombers is the latest sports drama from producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, the team responsible for 2012’s Magic/Bird and 2011’s Lombardi. 

I got a chance to interview the producers, director, and entire cast in December at Bronx Bombers media day. 

This is the second of four articles highlighting different interviews from that day in preparation for the play’s opening night.

Monday featured producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo as well as writer-director Eric Simonson

Wednesday features actors C.J. Wilson (Babe Ruth), John Wernke (Lou Gehrig), Chris Henry Coffee (Joe DiMaggio), and Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter).

Thursday features the co-leads, Peter Scolari (Yogi Berra) and Tracy Shayne (Carmen Berra).

The show opens this Thursday, February 6th at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theater.

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I spoke with Keith Nobbs, a Lombardi veteran, about taking on the role of Billy Martin, his character's intense relationship with Reggie Jackson, and the intimacy of the Circle in the Square Theater. I also sat down with Fracois Battiste (Reggie Jackson and Elston Howard) and Bill Dawes (Therman Munson and Mickey Mantle) and discussed taking on dual roles, embodying iconic Yankees, and humanizing these polarizing figures. 

Listen to both interviews below!


Keith Nobbs Francois Battiste and Bill Dawes