‘Coach’ scores points for Celebrity Artist Series

BLOOMSBURG — “Coach: The Untold Story of College Basketball Legend Al McGuire” will be presented at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show, part of BU’s Celebrity Artist Series, are $29.50 for adults and $16.50 for children.

“Coach” was written by Emmy-winning sportscaster Dick Enberg, a colleague of McGuire. McGuire, former athlete and coach, led Marquette University’s basketball team to the NCAA Championship in 1977. He became a sportscaster for CBS and NBC, where he and Enberg were partners on-air for 10 years. Although McGuire died of leukemia in 2001, Enberg says all of the play’s material came from him.

“Coach was the most unforgettable character I’ve ever met,” said Enberg. “There’s no one in second place.”

This one-man show will star Cotter Smith as McGuire. Smith has acted in movies, television and stage including series such as “Without a Trace” and “NCIS.” A recorded introduction by Enberg will be shown before the performance.

The next program in the 26th season of the Celebrity Artist Series is “It’s All Done With Mirrors” starring well-known actor Anthony Zerbe, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Tickets are $29.50.

Other upcoming shows in the series, all in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, are:

  • “The Nutcracker” by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia, Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50.
  • Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Friday, Feb. 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.
  • The National Broadway Tour of the musical “The Color Purple,” Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50
  • Jazz musicians Grace Kelly and Phil Woods, Friday, April 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.