NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL will help produce a Broadway play based on the life of Vince Lombardi, the league's first venture into live theater.
The league will serve as a special producing partner of "Lombardi," which will star Dan Lauria, a regular on the TV show "The Wonder Years" and former college football player and high school coach.
"Lombardi" is scheduled to open Oct. 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. It will be directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail.
Although the NFL is not putting up any money for the play, it will promote and market "Lombardi" through NFL Network, nfl.com and its teams, specifically the Green Bay Packers.
The league also is involved with a film project on the Hall of Fame coach that will star Robert DeNiro.
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