Joe Pantoliano catches Yogi Berra role
It's not over until it's over, even after one of your most famous TV characters has been dismembered and buried.
Thus will the actor Joe Pantoliano - who as Ralph Cifaretto on "The Sopranos'' found himself going all to pieces - be intact and on stage this autumn playing former Yankees great Yogi Berra in the new play, "Bronx Bombers."
The show, set to premiere Sept. 17 at The Duke theater on 42nd Street, announced several other cast members this week, including Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson and Elston Howard, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, Bill Dawes as Mickey Mantle and Thurman Munson, Keith Nobbs as Billy Martin and John Wernke as Lou Gehrig.
Yet to be revealed: the actors who will play Carmen Berra and Babe Ruth. (Please, not John Goodman!)
The forces behind the show are Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, who produced two other sports-oriented shows, "Lombardi" and "Magic/Bird."
The show will focus on the history of the Yankees through the prism of some of their most iconic personalities. Its limited run is scheduled to end Oct. 19