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Knute Rockne All-American

By Buddy Farmer, Music & Lyrics by Michael Mahler & David Bell

Genre: Musical
Runtime (Min/Max): 90 - 115 Minutes
Cast: (Male/Female/Other): 16/8/

Synopsis: A poor Norwegian immigrant boy rises out of poverty to become the most famous football coach of the 20th century. In doing so, he puts the University of Notre Dame on the map. During this rise to stardom, he sacrifices the responsibility of being a father and compromises his own ethics in regards to his most famous (or infamous) player, George Gipp (The Gipper). After a devastating loss to USC, Rockne reflects back on his life on the train ride back to South Bend. During this time we encounter The Four Horsemen, The Gipper, speakeasys, the Catholic Church and the music of ragtime and the roaring twenties. Rockne eventually comes to the realization that the most important thing in life is not winning, but his family.

Notes: Premiered at The Theatre at The Center in Munster, Indiana (just outside Chicago) in 2008. Received rave reviews from the Chicago Sun Times and The Chicago Tribune.

Contact Info: www.rocknethemusical Greg Schaffert

Coach Rockne rallies his team in "Knute Rockne-All-American." Premiered at Theatre at The Center in 2008.

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