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As NBA Allstar weekend is upon us, it was announced that two of the league's all-time greats, Larry Bird and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson will be the subject of an upcoming Broadway play aptly titled,'Magic/Bird.'

The developing theater piece, which is being produced by Fran Kirmser, Tony Ponturo, and Eric Simonson -- the creative minds behind 'Lombardi,' is set to chronicle the parallel careers of sport's most memorable rivalries.

"Many know Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as phenomenal athletes but there lies a fiercely competitive relationship, great love and respect between the two men forged from the trenches of professional basketball," professed Kirmser. "At a time when we've recently seen so many unhealthy competitive relationships, Magic/Bird will tell the story of how these two men – one from the midwest, White, a private person and one from urban America, African-American, and extremely outgoing – entered into a healthy yet fierce competition and exhilarated basketball fans across the nation."

In addition to Bird's and Johnson's involvement, the National Basketball Association will also lend a hand in the play's creative process, which will mirror the game of basketball mixed with a combination of film and photos captured from the height of the hall of famer's respective careers.

For Bird, recreating his on court competitiveness for the Broadway stage is more than exciting.

"I am fortunate to be working with great professionals such as Fran, Tony and Eric," said the Bostin Celtics Hall of Famer. "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."

As for Johnson, the innovative project is a chance to expose his personal and professional relationship with the Indiana native to a larger audience.

"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," he said. "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."

'Magic/Bird' is set to debut on Broadway in 2012.



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