Magic/Bird is a play written by Eric Simonson and directed by Thomas Kail about the rivalry and friendship of basketball heroes Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics.
The play is based on exclusive conversations with the legendary players and incorporates classic NBA footage, which is designed to transport you into the heart of their matchup.
Larry Bird is shy and from French Lick, IN, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson is the opposite. For two decades, they battled from the beginning of college and continuing on to the NBA. Along the way, they became close friends. Their rivalry was at the core of a resurgence of professional basketball in America.
At the heart of one of sports history's fiercest rivalries, they battled for three championships, bragging rights and the future of their sport in the 1980s. The duo electrified the nation on the court and eventually turned their rivalry into one of the most famous friendships in professional sports.
The two went on to dominance in the NBA, winning three MVP awards each and earned a combined total of eight NBA titles. Though sharing Midwestern roots and following the same team-oriented philosophy, the introverted Bird and the extroverted Johnson couldn't be more different in personality. But during their illustrious NBA careers, Johnson and Bird, went head to head, electrified the nation, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into the greatest and most famous friendships.
The story plot is set up like a sporting event and is ideal for kids and basketball fans alike. Because Magic/Bird deals with the seriousness of Magic’s HIV diagnosis, you will then be prepared. You can expect the environment at the Longacre Theater to be similar to one you would find in an actual NBA arena. You will find the audience dressed for Magic/Bird’s NBA jerseys. You don't have to be a basketball expert to enjoy the story.