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Stage Review

‘Magic/Bird’ misses the mark on Broadway

NEW YORK — Above the marquee of the Longacre Theatre, where “Magic/Bird’’ opened Wednesday night, looms a huge blowup of a photo taken of Larry Bird and Earvin (Magic) Johnson during their playing days.

Hip to hip, their arms entangled, Larry in Celtic green and Magic in Laker gold, they gaze intently upward as they jostle for rebounding position. It is a portrait of superstars utterly focused on gaining even a fractional competitive edge over each other, but the image also suggests a kinship between a pair of very different men who view the world in fundamentally the same way.

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