By now everyone has heard of the wonderful play, "Batboy."
Everyone has also heard about the wonderful singer, actress Layla Dionne bringing down the house with each performance.
Well now I want to tell you about some of the other very talented individuals that I am so lucky to have in my production.
The play is about my life with the fabled New York Yankees but starts with my parents in the Bronx during the 1950s.
Layla magnificently portrays my mother. Dave Revels, formerly of the great singing group The Drifters very sinisterly and masterfully portrays my father.
Stacey A Meyer is strong as the mistress.
Bronx native and veteran actor and former Yankees batboy Luis Castillo is brilliant as gang member, Edwin.
The play centers around the relationship between George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, and Reggie Jackson and how the love that the batboy has for his heroes helps calm relations on the team. The play also shows how the players teach the kid (Ray) that sometimes it’s ok to cry. Larry Davis is very strong as The Boss, George Steinbrenner.
Veteran actor and play director Martin Knapp knocks it out of the park as Billy Martin.
Terrell Carpenter convinces the audience that he is Mr October, Reggie Jackson.
The love affair between Thurman Munson and Diana Munson is beautifully interpreted by GiGi Cormio and television star from Knots Landing fame, Joey Gian.
Aris Sakellaridis plays the very evil security guard, Tom Wilson with great humor and Charlie Santoro of the Yes Network is excellent as Yogi Berra.
One of the surprises of the play is when Mickey Rivers, the legendary Yankee from that era, steps on the stage to play himself. Mickey Rivers is absolutely charming and gives the play true authenticity from a time gone by.
One of the funniest moments of the play is the scene when you see Billy Martin knock out the marshmallow salesman, rendered brilliantly by Steve Vaccaro with Lisa Coppola.
It was fun to see Yankee great Roy White visit backstage at the Argyle Theatre and meet Shane Springer, who was plays Roy — and actually looks like him.
Then there is Carmine Elvezio who gives one of the best performances in the show playing yours truly. He plays me better then me! This kid has a big future ahead of him.
The show has great musical guests in Robbie Rosen, of America Idol fame, who played Murcer at the Argyle performance. The great Richie Cannata of Billy Joel fame will be playing Bobby Murcer on Tuesday at the Tilles Center at CW Post.
Actor Pat Stoffer was outstanding as Murcer in the Bronx performance.
Robert Bruzio and Brandon Martinez play the very complicated Lou Piniella and Max Coppola plays Bucky Dent. Carrie Klein who was recommended to me by Yankees team President Randy Levine gives an award winning performance as my aunt Olga and Theresa Farrell is equally as strong. Colleen Farquhar jumps in with her saxophone like nobody’s business.
She keeps the music alive. Nick Singh is sensitive as Hector. Nabate Isles the jazz music legend is powerful as G-Man, the gang leader
NonieBlue,Ghettopassion and Superheela of Divanation makes the audience think that they are watching and listening to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Benjamin Rutella gets killed by the Son of Sam.
Alex Garret , Anthony Hernandez, and Adriela Phelps are convincing as the kids in the hospital. Two thumbs up for kids from Rock N Roll U. Richie Capitelli, a professional umpire does the same onstage. Lenny Caro makes cameo as Yankees GM.
The bottom line is that this play has surprised a lot of people because of all the love and dedication by all the terrific talent involved in the production.
It’s a beautiful play that reminds everyone of their own lives during a wonderful time gone by.
Tickets available at the box office for the Tilles Center on Tuesday October 23rd At 7:30
Remember, all profits go to cancer research and kids baseball programs.
Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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