By Robert Simonson
25 Oct 2013
Photo by Carol Rosegg
As every musical theatre geek in New York is aware, The Landing is the first new Kander musical not written with his late partner, Fred Ebb, to receive a commercial New York production. Kander's partner on the show was playwright-lyricist Greg Pierce. The show is comprised of three mini-musicals tied together by the themes of desire, love and loss.
Entertainment Weekly called the show "a modest evening of three one-acts for four performers," adding "except for Kander's recognizably lush and hook-filled melodies, the show often seems like the work of a gifted apprentice who's written a lot of short fiction." Newsday, however, rather liked that gifted apprentice: "Kander recently described his new collaborator as 'a present someone gave me.' It appears the gift, in this small package, was also given to us."
It ain't over 'til it's over, said Yogi Berra. And apparently the producers of the New York Yankees drama Bronx Bombers have decided to follow Berra's dictum.
The new Eric Simonson drama opened to mixed reviews at Primary Stages earlier this month. But the show will transfer to Broadway nonetheless, it was announced. In early 2014, it will move to the Circle in the Square, the same theatre that hosted Simonson's Lombardi a couple seasons ago.
The Broadway production will include two significant new cast additions. Husband and wife actors Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne will take on the roles of Yogi and Carmen Berra. The Off-Broadway premiere featured Richard Topol and Wendy Makkena in the respective roles. Scolari previously appeared in Magic/Bird, the third of Simonson's sports-related plays to reach Broadway.