Jackie Robinson Musical at Florida Theatre Tomorrow

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When Jackie Robinson wrote his life story -- the story of the

first African-American to break the color line in professional

baseball -- he said he was inspired by the reaction of his

youngest fans.

"Children of all races came to the stands," Robinson remembered

in I Never Had It Made. "The very young seemed to have no

hangups at all about my being black. They just wanted me to be

good, to deliver, to win."

Now, Robinson's story is being presented for those young fans

-- and their families -- as a one-hour musical titled Play to

Win .

The show will be performed at 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow at the

Play to Win is part of a national tour brought to the city by

Theatreworks, a Jacksonville-based company that presents theater

for young people.

The show, which follows Robinson from his college days as a

four-letter athlete to his triumphs with the Brooklyn Dodgers,

has dark moments but is basically upbeat.

When it debuted in New York in 1989, a New York Times review

called it "a joyous and very smart celebration not only of one

man, but of a nation and its favorite pastime as well. …