Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mr. Broadway February 2011: Lombardi's Packers

Mr. Broadway February 2011:
The Packers of Lombardi:
Bill Dawes, Robert Christopher Riley
and Chris Sullivan

WHY THEY ARE MR. BROADWAY: Fate, I think, has brought us to this moment.  Lombardi wasn't the play I was supposed to see that fateful Sunday.  And for the first time in years, the Green Bay Packers are headed for the Super Bowl.  How appropriate, then, that the guys who play real-life Packers in the show are my pick for Mr. Broadway February 2011!  Bill Dawes plays Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley plays Dave Robinson, and Chris Sullivan plays Jim Taylor; all three "Packers" of course play for the great Vince Lombardi, played by Dan Lauria.

Riley, Sullivan and Dawes in Lombardi

Currently appearing in: Lombardi at the Circle in the Square Theatre
Other Credits: Dawes: Stage: Sex and Longing; Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, several off-Broadway credits; TV: Law and Order, Oz, Sex and the City; Stand up comic.  Riley: Stage: Cat on a Hot tin Roof; TV: Royal Pains, Law and Order.  Sullivan: Stage: National Tour: Defending the Caveman, Chicago: The Illusionist, The Mystery of Irma Vep.
Education: Dawes: BSE in Aerospace Engineering (yes, he's a rocket scientist!) from Princeton, MFA in acting from NYU.  Riley: MFA from Ohio University.  Sullivan: MFA from Loyola Marymount, L.A., graduate work at Oxford School of Drama, Oxford, England.  These are no "dumb jocks!"
Websites: http://www.lombardibroadway.com/; http://www.billdawes.com/, http://www.billdawes.net/; http://www.robrileyonline.com/


Lombardi Football Card


Doing Stand up

In off-Broadway's The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Riley, right, in promo art for Burning Blue

With Kathryn Lang in Open House

Dawes with the real Paul Hornung

A Lombardi Candid


Lombardi Football Card


Riley was in the cast of 2008's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof;
he also understudied for and went on as Brick.

Riley and the real life Dave Robinson

Riley, left, with the guys and Paul Hornung

The Cast of Lombardi


Defending the Caveman

Sullivan, front right, with the cast and crew of
2008 Sundance Festival film finalist, North Star

In Chicago's The Illusion

And as the title character in The Mystery of Irma Vep

The "Coach and his players" meet the press.

The Cast of Lombardi

BILL DAWES TALKS LOMBARDI  (from TheaterMania.com)


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