Two concepts I've never included in the same sentence before are "Tom Izzo" and "jazz hands," but this is definitely the post to break that streak.
That's because the legendary Michigan State coach revived his singing and dancing career a year after the first "Izzo Goes to Broadway" show, performing in a second one on Tuesday in Grand Rapids.
The hour-long musical takes a look back at Izzo’s career, from a crucial free throw he missed with three seconds to go in a high school basketball game to the six Final Fours he's experienced at Michigan State. More than 1,800 patrons packed the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on Tuesday night, the proceeds going to arts education in western Michigan and to Michigan State University student scholarships.
Here's a look after the jump at a few more classic photos from a gallery shot by Paul L. Newby II of the Grand Rapids Press:
There aren't many coaches in America who would don a green Santa cap and play an accordion in front of a room full of strangers, but Izzo has always been willing to leave his comfort zone and try something new. This is a man after all who annually has his players rebound in helmets and shoulder pads and helped fix his team's chemistry last February with a sleepover at mid-court.
A top hat? A cane? A sparkly tuxedo? If Izzo unveils this look on the sideline next season, Jay Wright's unofficial title of college basketball's best-dressed coach might be in jeopardy.
Izzo travels back to his high school days. Not sure if all the Iron Mountain players opted for the sleeves-under-the-jersey look, but for whatever reason that's what Izzo is sporting here.
Also starring in the show was Izzo's wife Lupe, shown here alongside the coach in a flowing white gown.
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