Originally posted on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth  |  Last updated 11/4/11
The story of basketball greats Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, whose paths crossed on collegiate and pro courts, is coming to Broadway. A musical on the two called "Magic/Bird could open as soon as March, according to producers. The pair met in the 1979 college national championship, when Bird played for Indiana State and Johnson for Michigan State. As pros, Bird's Celtics and Johnson's Lakers traded the NBA crown back and forth through the 1980s. According to Playbill, Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, were behind the successful "Lombardi," the show about Green Bay Packers legend Vince Lombardi, who was played by Dan Lauria. Bird and Johnson are both reportedly participating in the creative process. The superstars, widely seen as two of the five or so greatest players ever to play in the NBA, were both drafted in 1979, with Johnson leaving college after his sophomore year and being the first pick. Bird was drafted five picks later. Johnson's Lakers won five NBA crowns, while Bird's team...
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