Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Jackie Robinson Musical at Florida Theatre Tomorrow
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
"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
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. …