BroadwayWorld announced that New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle will have his life story showcased in a Broadway show in the near future.
Mantle, considered by many to be one of the greatest baseball players to ever live, won seven World Series for the Yankees back in the 1950s and 60s. He also won a Triple Crown and three MVPs during his time in New York. From Broadway World’s report:
Danny and David Mantle have teamed up with award-winning writer/producer David Leaf (“The Night James Brown Saved Boston,” “The U.S. Vs. John Lennon” and “Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson & The Story of SMILE”) to bring the man they are proud to call “Dad” to the stage. With Leaf on board, the group will next be meeting with potential creative team members as their Broadway plans shape up …
As a boy, Leaf saw Mantle play at Yankee Stadium; as a young reporter, he interviewed “The Mick” at Old-Timers Day. Leaf explains: “Mickey Mantle was my first hero. The lessons we learned from this Achilles in pinstripes, from his home-run swings and his go-for-broke misses on and off the field— is clearly an epic tale, one that I’ve always wanted to explore. I’m thrilled that Danny and David Mantle are sharing their deepest memories of their dad and entrusting me to bring him to life, flaws and all, on the stage.”
The show will not only be about his playing days, but about his life off the field. Mantle was a known alcoholic and notorious ladies man. He passed away from cancer in 1995.