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July 02, 2001
Last week the Cubs said they'll add rows of seats—and maybe sell naming rights—to the Wrigley Field bleachers. That's not the only bleacher tampering that has people up in arms. For its film adaptation of the classic 1977 play Bleacher Bums that chronicled life in the Wrigley stands (right), Showtime has changed the name of the venue to Lake-view Park and the home team from the Cubs to the Bruins (Major League Baseball reportedly took issue with the play's gambling scenes). The changes have one of the play's authors a little bummed. "Bleacher Bums was written out of love for the loyalty of a true Chicago Cubs fan," says Dennis Franz, the NYPD Blue star who cut his acting chops with Chicago's Organic Theater Company. "It's a true story about a specific group of people who we found day after day sitting in the bleachers. To make this a generic team in a generic ballpark is stripping away some of the reality of the play, and some of the integrity."...
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July 02, 2001

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Last week the Cubs said they'll add rows of seats—and maybe sell naming rights—to the Wrigley Field bleachers. That's not the only bleacher tampering that has people up in arms. For its film adaptation of the classic 1977 play Bleacher Bums that chronicled life in the Wrigley stands (right), Showtime has changed the name of the venue to Lake-view Park and the home team from the Cubs to the Bruins ( Major League Baseball reportedly took issue with the play's gambling scenes). The changes have one of the play's authors a little bummed. "Bleacher Bums was written out of love for the loyalty of a true Chicago Cubs fan," says Dennis Franz, the NYPD Blue star who cut his acting chops with Chicago's Organic Theater Company. "It's a true story about a specific group of people who we found day after day sitting in the bleachers. To make this a generic team in a generic ballpark is stripping away some of the reality of the play, and some of the integrity."...

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