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PostSubject: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:17 am

I decided to start this new thread for broadway play info for That Championshp Season.

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RIALTO CHATTER: Kiefer Sutherland To Join That Championship Season?

Actor Kiefer Sutherland has recently spoken out about his interest in coming back to the stage.


German TV channel Sky quotes Sutherland as stating "I will go back on stage soon in the new Broadway version of the 1972 play "That Championship Season."


On October 18th Broadwayworld reported that Tony Award nominee Gregory Mosher is set to direct the upcoming Broadway revival of Jason Miller's That Championship Season. Rehearsals are set to begin in January of 2011.


THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is a drama about four men who reunite with their high school basketball coach for a 20th anniversary celebration of their state championship basketball game.


Twenty years since their ultimate victory, the former players--now an incumbent Mayor, a junior high school principal, a rich playboy entrepreneur and an alcoholic writer-- still rely on their coach for pep talks and guidance. During what may be their last reunion, secrets are revealed which could shatter their lives forever.


The first production of CHAMPIONSHIP was developed at The Public Theater and moved to Broadway thereafter in 1972. That production starred Charles Durning, Paul Sorvino, Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn, and Michael McGuire.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:56 pm

Here is some of the info of the play

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Gregory Mosher to Direct Broadway Revival of That Championship Season

By Andrew Gans
18 Oct 2010

Gregory Mosher
Gregory Mosher
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Gregory Mosher, who received a 2010 Tony nomination for his direction of the revival of A View from the Bridge, will helm an upcoming Broadway revival of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season.

Rehearsals will begin in January 2011, according to a casting notice.

Producers are Frederick Zollo & Robert Cole, Shubert Organization, Shelter Island Enterprises.

An earlier report in the New York Post said that Tony-winning actor Liev Schreiber, who co-starred in Mosher's A View From the Bridge, would likely be part of the cast.

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That Championship Season premiered at the Public Theater on May 2, 1972, starring Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn, Michael McGuire and Paul Sorvino, under the direction of A.J. Antoon. The production, with the original cast intact, transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre on Sept. 11, 1972, and ran through April 1974. Playwright Miller later directed the 1983 film.

According to previous press notes, "That Championship Season takes place at a reunion of a high school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship 20 years earlier. As the evening progresses, secrets are revealed, loyalties tested and the foundation of their long-held dreams is found to be fraudulent."

No official announcement about a Broadway revival has been announced.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:50 pm

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Kiefer Sutherland to make Broadway debut
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Kiefer Sutherland will make his Broadway debut in That Championship Season, Playbill reports.

The 24 alum will play James Daley in a remake of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 drama. The play is set in Scranton, Pa., and follows a team of high school basketball players who reunite on the anniversary of their winning game.

Co-starring with Sutherland are Brian Cox (The Big C), Jim Gaffigan (Flight of the Conchords), Chris Noth (The Good Wife) and Jason Patric (My Sister's Keeper).

That Championship Season will debut in March 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:54 pm

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Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Noth, Brian Cox & More to Star in Broadway Revival of That Championship Season

Kiefer Sutherland is set to make his Broadway debut alongside stage vets Chris Noth and Brian Cox in a revival of Jason Miller’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season. Rounding out the cast will be comic actor Jim Gaffigan and playwright Miller's son, Jason Patric. Directed by Gregory Mosher,, the play will open in March 2011 at a Shubert theater to be announced. (An erroneous report from Deadline.com had indicated that Liev Schreiber would appear in the play.)

That Championship Season centers on a group of former high school basketball stars who return home for a reunion 20 years after they won the state championship. Cox will play the team’s coach; the four teammates will be played by Sutherland (James Daley), Gaffigan (George Sitkowski), Noth (Phil Romano) and Patric (Tom Daley).

The play began life at the Public Theater, where it opened on May 2, 1972. Transferring to Broadway’s Booth Theatre in September 1972, it ran for 700 performances and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize. The cast included Charles Durning as Sitkowski, Richard Dysart as Coach, Michael McGuire as James Daley, plus Walter McGinn as Tom Daley and Paul Sorvino in a Tony-nominated performance as Phil Romano. That Championship Season was revived at Second Stage in 1999. No other casting for the Broadway production has been announced.

Sutherland is best known for his Golden Globe-winning run as Jack Bauer in TV’s 24 and appeared onstage opposite his mother, Shirley Douglas, in The Glass Menagerie at the National Arts Centre. Cox has appeared on Broadway in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Art and Strange Interlude. Noth, known for his starring roles in TV's The Good Wife and Sex and the City, most recently appeared in the off-Broadway production of Farragut North. Patric played Brick opposite Ashley Judd in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and has appeared onstage in Bash, Beirut and Out of Gas, among others. Gaffigan is well known as the star of Comedy Central specials and as a comic actor and writer.

That Championship Season will be produced on Broadway by Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and the Shubert Organization, who joined forced on last season's A Steady Rain.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:27 am

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 12:09
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON Begins Rehearsals Today LIMITED

ENGAGEMENT!
BEGINS REHEARSALS TODAY

Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland
Star in

JASON MILLER’S TONY AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Directed By Gregory Mosher

Previews begin Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Official Opening Sunday, March 6th, 2011|
On Broadway at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre

Rehearsals begin today for THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON starring Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. Jason Miller’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is directed by Gregory Mosher. Preview performances begin on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 with an official opening on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29th, 2011.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (Sets), Jane Greenwood (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and Scott Lehrer (Sound).

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is produced by Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, Shelter Island Enterprises, The Shubert Organization, James MacGilvray, Orin Wolf, The Weinstein Company, Redefined Entertainment and Brannon Wiles.

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON made its debut at the Public Theater in May 1972 before moving to Broadway’s Booth Theatre where it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play for the 1973 season. It played a total of 944 performances on and off Broadway.

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is a powerhouse drama about the promise of youth… and the challenge of staying in the game. For over two decades, four players and the coach of a high school championship basketball team have gathered every year to re-live their greatest moment of glory. While three of the players have found small-town success, the fourth has never found his way. At this year's reunion, tensions boil over, and as the celebratory evening turns brutal, long-held secrets bubble to the surface and life-long bonds are shattered.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 and at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street) box office. Ticket prices range from $61.50-$129.00.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON’s performance schedule is Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:43 pm

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:43 pm

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Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland are coming to Broadway in the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, “That Championship Season.” Don’t miss these award-winning artists of stage and screen talking about acting, their careers and appearing together in Jason Miller’s drama about four former high school basketball champions and their coach confronting the men they’ve become.


Tickets: $30


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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:11 pm

Kiefer Sutherland and the cast of "That Champioship Season" at press event 1/13/2011






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Kiefer Sutherland gets butterflies about the story but says it's up to cast to rise to the calibre of the play
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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:31 am

'That Championship Season' Coming to Broadway: MyFoxNY.com




Updated: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011, 9:14 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 13 Jan 2011, 9:14 PM EST

MYFOXNY.COM - Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland are the stars of the upcoming Broadway revival "That Championship Season."
SUMMARY: "That Championship Season" is a drama about the promise of youth and the challenge of staying in the game. For over two decades, four players and the coach of a high school championship basketball team have gathered every year to re-live their greatest moment of glory. While three of the players have found small-town success, the fourth has never found his way. At this year's reunion, tensions boil over, and as the celebratory evening turns brutal, long-held secrets bubble to the surface and life-long bonds are shattered.
"That Championship Season" will begin preview performances on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, with an official opening on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:52 pm

Kiefer Sutherland and Co. Talk That Championship Season
By Broadway.com Staff




Jason Miller’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season, which follows four former high school basketball champs as they reunite at their coach’s home in Scranton, Pennsylvania 20 years after winning their state championship, is the very definition of an ensemble piece. The upcoming Broadway revival, helmed by Gregory Mosher, is the play’s first return to the Great White Way since it debuted in 1973 and features an impressive a team of actors in its starting lineup. Broadway.com talked to Mosher and talented stars Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox, Chris Noth, Jim Gaffigan and Jason Patric about their Broadway boy's club and the themes that make this a classic American play. That Championship Season starts performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on February 9, click on below for an inside look.



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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:38 am

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:30 pm

TimesTalks: A Conversation with the Champion Acting Ensemble at The Times Center on January 18, 2011







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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:49 pm

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Panel Nerds: A Champion Acting Ensemble Discuss That Championship Season
by Panel Nerds | 9:33 am, January 19th, 2011




Who: Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland
What: “Champion Acting Ensemble”
Where: Times Center
When: January 18, 2011
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A star-studded cast is starring in a revival of Jason Miller’s 1972 play That Championship Season on Broadway this spring. While the play is of a personal nature that the cast and crew hopes will resonate with a modern audience, it’s especially familiar for actor Jason Patric, who is both a star of the show and Miller’s son. Patric called the play a “portal” into his family’s life and is excited to stage it for fresh audiences.

Patric helped spearhead the production, recruiting friends Chris Noth and Kiefer Sutherland to join the cast. But first, they had to cast the role of the coach, and for that they had only one person in mind: Brian Cox. Cox said that he’s long loved the play, calling it one of America’s best plays, and says that it is hard to find another play with five such strong unique voices in it. Right now, the cast is engaged in rehearsals where they say they’re getting to know their characters and the pacing of the play.

They all agreed that theater is the most rewarding – and most challenging – form of acting. Sutherland said that there’s nothing to hide behind on stage. For Jim Gaffigan, a stand-up comedian, this role was his first venture into theater, and says it has required him to channel an extra level of bravery to perform outside of his comfort zone. Gaffigan says that the play speaks to him, a man in his 40s who has reflected on how his life has shaped up. Noth agreed that he’s considered the “what ifs” and paths that he didn’t take. Sutherland went as far as to compare the play’s major themes to today’s politics – Watergate and the Tea Party, the Vietnam War and Iraq. Still, he says, it’s “disappointing” to see how little has changed over the past 40 years.

The panel and interviewer Patrick Healy discussed this play as if they were in an honors literature course. They dissected the play’s morality and impact, and left the audience wanting more. One audience members even requested a talkback series when the play opens. Noth assured that producers would try to make that happen, to the audience’s delight.

What They Said

“It’s about America and about the aspirations of America.”
- Brian Cox outlines the play, briefly

“Jason Miller did the real heavy lifting and we just have to rise to the occasion.”
- Kiefer Sutherland says that the script carries the play

“This play demands something and what scares me is if you don’t meet the demands it could just be melodrama.”
– Chris Noth hopes to live up to self-imposed expectations

“Jim was cheap.”
– Jason Patric explains why they got Gaffigan for the show

“I did have to audition – my daddy didn’t write it.”
– Jim Gaffigan’s response, which brought down the house

“Some shows are shit, some shows aren’t shit.”
- Brian Cox lays things out clearly

“It’s never about the character, it’s always about the story…I’ve always likened it to a rock n’ roll band. If the band is good, the bass player is cool.”
- Kiefer Sutherland aspires to be that bass player

What We Thought

* Healy did a nice job bringing the audience in to the narrative. From the beginning, as he asked about specifics about the play and about this production, Healy made sure to take a moment to give the crowd some context so they could keep up with the conversation. It was a small gesture, but it enabled a lot more comprehension for all.
* Because most of this cast were already on friendly terms before this production, they seem to have clicked faster than other groups of actors. It’s evident that they all have fun on the set. We understand more now why certain actors, directors, crew members, and so on prefer to work with the same people repeatedly. It makes everything so much easier.

PANEL RULES!
Some audience behavior seems to repeat itself panel after panel. We’ll be updating a running list of “PANEL RULES!” that will help ensure that you are not the dweeb of the Panel Nerds.

Panel Nerds don’t like…Shy Audiences

After Healy opened up the floor to questions, he wound up having to ask a couple more questions himself since nobody stepped forward to the microphone. We’ve never seen an entire audience reject the mike; perhaps it was an indication that Healy had led such an exhaustive discussion there was nothing left to be said. Or, alternatively, maybe the audience was just plain exhausted. Whatever the case may be, we approached the open mike for the first time in a long while, and got the Q&A started ourselves.

After that, some felt less intimidated and joined the line. As for our questions, we fumbled through it, were asked to rephrase for clarity, and didn’t get a very satisfying response to our question. We learned how hard it truly is to make your mark.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:18 pm

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By PATRICK HEALY Published: February 3, 2011
DONE for the day, the five actors in the new Broadway revival of “That Championship Season” kicked back in a Chelsea rehearsal room recently and shared wine and beer as they talked about their all-male ensemble, career choices, and the legacy of “The Lost Boys” and “24.”
The winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play, “That Championship Season” follows a reunion of four high school basketball players whose lives soured after winning a state title and whose fears are expressed through racism and anti-Semitism. Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer on “24,” is making his Broadway debut as a bitter junior high school principal; Jason Patric, his co-star in the vampire movie “The Lost Boys,” plays his alcoholic brother; Chris Noth (“The Good Wife,” “Sex and the City”), is a sleazy businessman; and Jim Gaffigan, the stand-up comedian, is the feckless mayor of their town. The host of the reunion is their coach, played by Brian Cox, who last starred on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ’n’ Roll.”

The playwright is Mr. Patric’s father, Jason Miller, who played Father Damien Karras in “The Exorcist.” He died in 2001. The revival is scheduled to begin performances on Wednesday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Patrick Healy, theater reporter for The New York Times, moderated the discussion. Here are excerpts.

Q. How much of this ensemble’s chemistry has to do with testosterone?

JASON PATRIC That’s part of it. We’ve bonded like a sports team. Parts of us have bled into our characters. Our repartee has become similar to the play’s.

JIM GAFFIGAN For instance the honesty of Jason Patric and the honesty of his character, Tom, are equally frightening to my character, George, and to Jim Gaffigan.

CHRIS NOTH [snidely] Honesty? You sound like the [expletive deleted] mayor.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND I feel very uncomfortable if too much time goes by away from these guys. Discovering your character is a really fragile process. I don’t want it to float away.

BRIAN COX This is a big step for these four guys because they don’t usually do plays. My life is based on doing plays, that was the culture I inherited. I never liked the theater. I always wanted to do movies.

Q. The five of you are busy in television, movies, comedy. What led each of you to Broadway — Kiefer and Jim, for the first time — to do “That Championship Season”?

COX I read the play, and it caught me. I was very vulnerable at the time.

PATRIC Jim had just broken up with him. [laughter]

COX I’ve been a little disillusioned of late. I have of late ——

NOTH [paraphrasing Hamlet] I have of late lost all my mirth.

COX I’d been thinking I don’t know why I’m living in New York. I mean, I’m here for my children, who get a great education here. But I’ve got to find some reason for being in the city. L.A. was fine. Sun. London, I’d lived there all my life. But living here was such a strain. Then [the director] Gregory [Mosher] sent me this play. I read it, and thought, wow, maybe I should go back to the theater. The play is about purity of purpose, and the one thing that my own life lacks, that my life used to have, was purity of purpose. It became compromised by everything else.

GAFFIGAN You’re really bumming me out.

COX For all the play’s xenophobic racism and what have you, it’s about loving one another. The coach has this total trust in these four guys, that at the end of the day things will be sorted out. And it does. Sort of.

NOTH I think it captures America so well.

COX The great thing about you Americans is you tried to get away from it all. The colonists came here to be free, to achieve something. And you’ve tried to do it for 200 years. You’ve screwed it up good and proper now, but you’ve had good moments. Your cinema is second to none, at least up until 1976.

NOTH Not “The Lost Boys”? [laughter] When was that?

SUTHERLAND AND PATRIC 1986.

Q. Kiefer, how did you come to the play?

SUTHERLAND Well, “24” was ending. I had moved to New York because my daughter was going to university here. I fell in love with the Village. But outside of that I had no purpose here. So I called up Jason. I had a lot of respect for a lot of Jason’s choices work-wise. And I didn’t know anyone here. Literally, I know more New Yorkers now as a result of this rehearsal process than I’d known in five years. I said, “Look, for the first time in nine years I’m going to have a chance to do whatever I want. What do you think I should do?” And he didn’t say, “That Championship Season.” He said: “What kind of films do you want to make? Another television show?” And I said yes to everything. But I hadn’t done a play since 1997, and that was ridiculous. So Jason sent me three plays. I read this play for the first time since drama school, and I knew Brian was involved. Jason was. I think Chris was involved ——

NOTH Not yet. Jason saw me in a play in California, came back and asked for my autograph. I said, “Who are you, kid?”

PATRIC I didn’t ask for your autograph. I said, “Can you get me Sarah Jessica’s autograph?” [laughter]

SUTHERLAND So I had no idea what to do. I started sleeping really late. I thought, well I’ll get to the gym by 4. No, I’ll get there by 6. You know what, I like working out at 9 at night. Without any kind of structure, my life just started to ——

PATRIC Become Jason Patric’s!

SUTHERLAND For me this play was too complicated, too challenging not to have a run at it. Look, I might run straight into a brick wall.

COX You will.

SUTHERLAND It would have been awful not to have tried.

NOTH [pointing to Mr. Sutherland] That’s America!

SUTHERLAND There’s nothing like being in New York with a sense of purpose. And there’s nothing more dangerous and destructive than being in New York without a sense of purpose.

Q. Jason, were you hoping to play brothers with Kiefer?

NOTH The other guys were too tall.

PATRIC You know, we worked together 25 years ago. I hadn’t seen Kiefer in 20 years. But I just thought he’d be perfect as James. I thought there was an element in Kiefer to be mined that was so much different from an iconic persona that he’d created on “24.” Some people play a wholly different character intentionally to demolish or diminish typecasting. That’s not the case. This character has a lot of Kiefer, and a lot of Kiefer’s strengths will illuminate this man’s weaknesses.

SUTHERLAND There’s great weakness in James, a desperation. To find the truth and the beats and the moments and the connection to the four other guys, I’ve had to really touch a fear of weakness, of panic.

COX Fear is common in men. It’s what leads men to bond. We’re a dying species. I had my DNA done recently, and the doctor said, eventually, women will self-ovulate. They won’t need us.

PATRIC But not in the next 50 years, right?

SUTHERLAND I want the name of this doctor.

COX This is what Jason Miller was writing about, men as a dying species. But I just want to reassure Jason of something: You and your like will be kept on as playthings, because women will still want to be pleasured. [laughter]

PATRIC I come in here to talk, and I become the vibrator.

Q. The play closed on Broadway in 1974, and this is the first revival there. Do the themes have resonance? Are they relevant?

NOTH I’m befuddled why this play hasn’t made a bigger mark.

PATRIC In the early ’70s what carried your play past Broadway was the touring productions that brought it to other towns, then into universities, where it was taught, and it was also very lucrative. But this play: the language, the sexuality, the uncomfortable male intimacy. There were a lot of towns that didn’t want the play.

COX Especially the towns with Jews in them. [laughter]

GAFFIGAN Here’s how I view it: It’s obviously going to be good. But I think everyone sitting around here wants it to be absolutely brilliant. I had this naïve belief of, O.K., here we go. And then, O.K., four more things to figure out. And then you discover there are eight more layers to this character. [whispers] I thought it would be a little bit easier.

NOTH I also wonder if drama critics today want a Tom Stoppard play ——

COX Spare me!

NOTH That this play would be seen as simplistic, which is wrong.

COX Stoppard is devoted to ideas, like rock ’n’ roll changing Communism in Czechoslovakia, and you think, that’s fine, that’s a big notion. Jason Miller is devoted to humanity. This play is tackling something as simple as a reunion of guys who won a trophy. That’s the tradition of great American drama. It doesn’t get full of itself.

PATRIC You know, my Dad wrote this play to get us out of poverty. What it became, in his own words, was beyond his wildest dreams. But he was never able to escape the glory, not unlike these five characters. Their struggle became his own. Now our own.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:12 pm

That Championship Season, With Kiefer Sutherland, Returns to Broadway Feb. 9

By Andrew Gans
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09 Feb 2011



The starry Broadway revival of Jason Miller's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 drama That Championship Season, which boasts the Broadway debut of screen star Kiefer Sutherland, begins previews on Broadway Feb. 9 at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Directed by Gregory Mosher, the production will officially open March 6 for a limited engagement through May 29.

In addition to Sutherland, the cast also includes Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth and Jason Patric (whose late father wrote the play). Cox (Rock 'n' Roll, Art) portrays the retired basketball coach in Miller's Scranton, PA-set drama about a team of high school basketball players who reunite to hash out the past on the anniversary of their winning game.

The former champs include comedian Gaffigan ("Flight of the Concords," "My Boys") as George Sikowski, Golden Globe nominee Noth ("Sex and the City," "The Good Wife," Farragut North) as Phil Romano, Patric (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "The Lost Boys") as Tom Daley and Golden Globe Award winner Sutherland ("24") as James Daley.

When asked whether he had been looking for a property in which to make his Broadway debut, Sutherland recently told Playbill.com, "Well, yes and no. I mean, it's always something in the back of your head, if an opportunity comes around, you certainly are open to taking it. I hadn't read the play in a very, very long time, and I was taken, when I looked at it again, by a number of things. Very rarely will you find a play — certainly I don't know of one — that has five parts so beautifully balanced. That's something: To be part of an ensemble like that was very attractive to me. And I find the play unbelievably relevant. There are lines of dialogue that, literally, you would think, … he sat down and wrote … yesterday, whether it's talking about a defeated army coming home from war, constant references to the recession and lack of jobs and this and that. There were aspects of '71, '72, that really do reflect unbelievably strongly to 2011. Coach has a wonderful line in reference to progress — 'Nothing changes but the day.' This play is an absolutely affirmation to that," he laughed, "for all of those reasons. And then the cast and Gregory Mosher — there are so many reasons that you would have to do this play, at least for me, and they all kind of came at once."

Mosher received a 2010 Tony nomination for his direction of the revival of A View From the Bridge.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

That Championship Season premiered at the Public Theater on May 2, 1972, starring Charles Durning, Richard A. Dysart, Walter McGinn, Michael McGuire and Paul Sorvino, under the direction of A.J. Antoon. The production, with the original cast intact, transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre on Sept. 11, 1972 and ran through April 1974. Playwright Miller later directed the 1983 film. The Broadway production won the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Producers are Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, Shelter Island Enterprises, The Shubert Organization, James MacGilvray, Orin Wolf, The Weinstein Company, Second Chance Productions, Brannon Wiles and Scott M. Delman/Lucky VIII.

According to producers, "On the anniversary of their victory in the Pennsylvania state championship game, four members of the starting lineup of a small-town Catholic high school basketball team gather with their coach to re-live their youthful glory. As the night progresses, the long buried grudges and secrets of the once-confident players surface, threatening not just their solidarity, but the meaning of their victory. With savage humor, That Championship Season probes the darkest aspects of the American dream of success at all costs."

Tickets, priced $61.50-$129, are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 or in person at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) box office.




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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:11 am

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Good News About Early Ticket Sales For 'That Championship Season'


It seems the first five preview performances have sold well for the play 'That Championship Season' starring an all-star cast including Kiefer Sutherland.


From today's New York Times article:

"Among other Broadway shows, the new production of “That Championship Season” had a strong first set of five performances for a play revival, earning $407,442 or about 65 percent of its maximum potential gross. That showing was helped in no small part by its star cast, led by Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and Chris Noth..."

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:22 pm

The WEEK AHEAD: March 5-12
March 04, 2011

We’re Marching to the beat of our own drum this WEEK AHEAD!

Kathy Griffin trades the D list for the B (for Broadway) list… Kiefer Sutherland leads an all-champ roster… Colin Quinn departs the Great White Way… and the Stage Door Canteen opens its doors once more.

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Sunday, March 6

OPENING→ Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Jim Gaffigan and Brian Cox head-up an all-champ roster for the Broadway revival of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play That Championship Season. Written by Patric’s late father, Jason Miller, Championship revisits a former high school basketball team far from the glory days. (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount previews tickets)

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:35 pm

"That Championship Season" Back on Broadway
 

The city of Scranton is back on the Great White Way.

The Electric City once again serves as the backdrop for the latest rendition of the Broadway show That Championship Season, which opens this weekend with some familiar faces and some familiar memories.

The latest rendition of That Championship Season features a new crop of A-list actors in the roles that Jason Miller first made famous in 1972.

The author of That Championship Season, Scranton native Jason Miller, has been gone since 2001.

This revival of his iconic play stars his son, Jason Patric as alcoholic Tom Daley.

One of four former high school basketball stars from Scranton, who reunite 20 years after they won the state title.

Kiefer Sutherland plays James Daley, Tom's big brother.

Jason Patric made sure to honor his father's memory in the show to the point of having an urn containing his ashes as one of the props on the stage.

After a month of previews, the revival of Jason Miller's That Championship Season officially opens Sunday at the Bernard Jacobs Theater on West 45th Street in Manhattan.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:03 pm

That Championship Season’s Brian Cox, Jason Patric & Kiefer Sutherland on NPR “Weekend Edition”
March 4, 2011



Brian Cox, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, three of the stars of THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON will be featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” tomorrow Saturday, March 5th between 8 AM – 10 AM. Check your local listings.

THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON stars Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. Jason Miller’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON is directed by Gregory Mosher. Preview performances began on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 with an official opening on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29th, 2011.

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PostSubject: Re: That Championship Season Broadway    Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:00 pm

'That Championship Season': Fathers And Sons Find A New Home On Broadway

On Saturday's Weekend Edition, Scott Simon speaks with actors Brian Cox, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric about their roles in the new Broadway production of That Championship Season. The play, about a coach hosting a reunion of the members of his championship high-school basketball team 20 years later, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for playwright Jason Miller — who was Jason Patric's father. (Miller died in 2001.) The production also stars Chris Noth, familiar to TV viewers of Sex And The City and The Good Wife, and Jim Gaffigan, who's best known as a comedian.

The actors agree that while the text is about a coach and a team, it's more about fathers and sons — in fact, Patric grew up knowing his own father wrote it in an effort to achieve enough success to move his son away from a playground strewn with broken glass.

There have been film versions: one in 1982, starring Robert Mitchum as the coach, and one for television in 1999, starring Paul Sorvino. But Patric says he discovered the play — the success of which did take his family out of poverty, but quickly led to his father's departure — only by acting in it. He doesn't consider the film versions representative of the original, in part because stage plays impose limitations for a reason, and movies tend to remove them. And in this story, tight restrictions are critical.

"People open up film versions," he says. "The whole point is this takes place in one room. They can't escape the coach's house. They go out onto porches and they come back in. The coach's house is metaphorical for their pasts, [which] they can't escape. The minute you put it into a movie and you do that dialogue in a supermarket aisle, you've destroyed what was tightly wound in its own specific lyricism."

If a full understanding of the play was new to Patric, the specific sports content was unfamiliar ground for Cox, a British actor who describes himself as "the most unsporting person" he knows. But while this particular character is a basketball coach, Cox compares him to the greatest and most challenging classic roles he's played. "It is Falstaff, it is Lear; it's very demanding," he says. "I've played Lear. I've played Titus Andronicus. Titus Andronicus is probably the hardest part you can play in the Shakespeare calendar ... this comes pretty close."

As The Championship Season comes back to Broadway and moves beyond its foundations in the specific atmosphere of the early 1970s, Sutherland doesn't think it's dated at all. Asked whether a play constructed around that era's questioning of "the American dream" is still relevant, he says, "I think it's as relevant today as the day [Miller] wrote it." As a matter of fact, Patric says, given its timeless themes of faith and fatherhood as well as its topical treatments of abortion, ecology, materialism and war, "the cultural cognoscenti hasn't even caught up with this play yet."

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