For those that want to experience the ultimate “boys club” for an evening, discount “That Championship Season” tickets are now for sale on Broadway. This remake of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning drama by Jason Miller takes a fresh new look at a group of men that gathers together 20 years after winning the state basketball championship to relive their glory days and catch up on the current state of their lives.
The gathering takes place at the home of their former coach and mentor, adeptly played by Brian Cox. The rest of the ensemble is played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth and Jason Patric.
With a championship under their belts in 1952, this group of young men left the confines of high school to forge their own life paths. George (Gaffigan) becomes the mayor of a small town who is working hard for his own re-election. James (Sutherland) is working as a junior high school principal who wonders what his future holds – if anything at all.
James’s brother Tom (Patric) is a hopeless alcoholic who hasn’t done much with his life in the past two decades. Phil (Noth) is a successful businessman without much marriage – or professional scruples – to brag about. One of the factors for the popularity of cheap “That Championship Season” tickets is how well many can relate to at least one of the characters.
The Timeless Story
When the five men get together for their reunion, the alcohol – and the confessions – begin to flow quite freely. Discount “That Championship Season” ticket holders are privy to many deep dark secrets throughout the course of the evening, with a final realization that life may never be quite what it seems or what we remember it to be.
The show is complex and fairly dark at times, but the path through the psyches of these men promises to be a gripping one. The lessons they realize that have been passed on by their coach move far beyond those of teamwork and loyalty to racism and sexism to which the men were naïve in their younger days.
Performances of this remake won’t be around forever, so now is the time to purchase cheap “That Championship Season” tickets if you want to see this ensemble give it their all. The show is decidedly adult, with themes and languages that will stick with you long after you leave the theatre for the night.