George M. Steinbrenner III was much more than the blustery owner of the New York Yankees who considered winning second only to breathing. Determined to prove his worth to his doubting father and the world, his goal was to bring the Bronx Bombers back to glory and to bask in the glow of the team's success.
Based on the bestseller by award winning baseball writer and J.G. Spink Award winner Bill Madden, and co-written by Pulitzer Prize Award winner Ira Berkow, "Steinbrenner!" tells the story of a complex, conflicted and larger than life man who left an indelible mark on baseball, New York and the sports world.
"Maybe the silk stocking guys don't like the way I run this ball club, but the little guy -- the bartender, the guy pushing a cart, the cab drivers -- they're the ones who need the Yankees. My involvement is not sipping cocktails in all the fashionable places. My involvement is in the roots of the city."
George M. Steinbrenner III
We are now in the process of raising the front money to ready the play for a 12 performance showcase production this summer at the historic Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, PA, the home of the New York Yankees’ AAA minor league team, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders, before “Steinbrenner!” moves on with the goal of bringing it to Off-Broadway or Broadway.
Based on Bill Madden’s best selling book “Steinbrenner - The Last Lion of Baseball”, “Steinbrenner!” was conceived as an adaptation by Pulitzer Prize Award winning sports and features writer Ira Berkow and Madden in 2011.
After two readings in 2013 and 2014 sponsored by Roundabout Theatre Company, Brian Spector (Come From Away, The Woodsman) of Keaka Productions was brought on board as Executive Producer. A staged reading took place in August 2015 at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and a table reading was held in September 2017 at Syracuse University Fisher Center in New York City.
Since the last reading, the play has undergone extensive rewriting at the hands of the writers and director Heidi Mueller Smith to incorporate the feedback received. Their efforts have culminated in in a final industry reading in April featuring the talents of Richard Poe (George Steinbrenner) Zach Grenier (Gabe Paul) Bilgin Turker (Elaine Kaufman) Joel Van Liew (Billy Martin) Jim Anderson (Thurman Munson) Akron Watson (Reggie Jackson) Jennean Farmer (Doris) and Mark Coffin (Callers). Also featured are voice overs by sports radio legends Mike Francesa and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.
The first reading of Steinbrenner! took place in 2013 in New York City. This was followed up by a second reading in 2014. Both readings were well-received.
A staged reading was held at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY in 2015. The cast included Richard Kind (Gotham; Spin City; Mad About You) who read the role of George Steinbrenner.
Other cast members who appeared included:
A table reading was held at Syracuse University Fisher Center in New York City in September 2017. Jay O. Sanders read the role of George Steinbrenner.
Other cast members who appeared include:
Astrid Van Wieren
A 29-hour reading is being planned for April in New York City, followed by a 12 performance showcase production at the historic Scranton Cultural Center in Scranton, PA in the summer of 2018.