Magic/Bird is a play that comes about 15 years too late, telling a story that has a definite beginning with a compelling middle, but struggles to find where to conclude. It’s a story that has its dramatic moments, but isn’t best told on the stage. So it comes as no surprise that the play was shut out of the Tony’s this year, and will shut its doors for good on May 12 after opening just a month earlier.
To be sure, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson dominated all of the headlines of the mid-80s, as their heated rivalry from college extended into the NBA. The Celtics and Lakers were regulars in the finals during that decade, and the two played each other in some of the most memorable games that resurrected a stagnant NBA.