The Buffalo sports world rarely intersects with the city's theater scene.
For the most part, the theatrics that play out at New Era Field appeal to a different audience than those you might find at Shea's Performing Arts Center or the Irish Classical Theatre Company.
But those worlds met on May 17 during the first rehearsal of Road Less Traveled Productions' original musical "Buffalo Stories: The Thurman Thomas Story," when the Thurmanator appeared in the theater to deliver a message of support -- and a couple of La Nova pizzas.
Here's some video of the surprise visit, shot by the Bills organization:
"I'm on my way to meet me," the Hall of Fame running back said as he walked up the stairs to the theater entrance.
"This was a once in a lifetime chance, when you get to write a musical about one of your childhood idols," said composer Phil Farugia, who collaborated with local playwright Jon Elston on the production.
It runs at 7 p.m. June 2 and 3 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (500 Pearl St.). Tickets for the fundraiser, which benefits the theater company, are $300.
"They are incredibly funny people. They are very frank. They are very open," Elston said of Thomas and his family, who are also portrayed in the production.
As if to prove the point, Thomas paused when he was teasing the production for the cameras during the May 17 rehearsal.
"June 2nd and June 3rd. Two shows!" he said with a smile. "I'm so good, they put in two shows."