Marie Fazio | Friday, November 18, 2016
A dramatic reading of “ROCKNE,” a musical based on the story of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, will be performed at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
The show is based on the book “Knute Rockne, All-American” and television mini-series written by Buddy Farmer. Under artistic director David Bell, producers Greg Shaffert and Jack Girardi and music and lyrical composers Michael Mahler and David Bell, the musical is making a comeback following a short run in 2008.
“It’s a universal story about a man choosing his career over his family; he doesn’t realize until that moment that everything is coming apart,” Shaffert said.
Employing dramatic license but staying true to real events, the production will tell of Knute’s success as a Notre Dame player and coach, as well as his personal life, as he struggles to keep everything in balance. It opens with Rockne and the team on a train traveling home after a loss at USC. Through flashbacks, the show narrates the story of his Notre Dame career, told from the perspective of Rockne’s wife, Bonnie Skiles.