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Magic/Bird, the story of the personal and professional relationship between NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will hit Broadway in 2012. The play, by Oscar winner Eric Simonson, will be based on actual conversations between Johnson & Bird, who are participating in the creative process.

The producers of the popular play Lombardi, Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, will serve as producers for Magic/Bird.

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“I am fortunate to be working with great professionals such as Fran, Tony and Eric.  I am looking forward to working with them to create a story for the Broadway stage about such an exciting and important time in my life,” Larry Bird said in a statement.

“I have great love and respect for Larry Bird, and am elated that our personal and professional relationship will now be exposed to an even larger audience through this dramatic production,” Magic Johnson added. “Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo have a proven record not just of creating a successful production, but in making sure the story depicted is historically correct and impactful to a wide audience, and I am looking forward to assisting and supporting this effort in any way possible.”

The play also has the support of NBA commissioner, David Stern. “The NBA is proud to support MAGIC/BIRD, highlighting their rivalry from rookies in the NBA to Olympic Dream Team as a story for all ages, and one that we expect to be great theater on the Broadway stage as it was on the basketball court.”

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