Laurence Fishburne heads back to Broadway this spring in “Thurgood,” a one-man show about the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Thesp was last on Broadway in a 1999 Roundabout production of “The Lion in Winter.” He picked up a 1992 Tony for his role in August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running.”
“Thurgood” preemed in spring 2006 at the Westport Country Playhouse, with James Earl Jones in the lead. That production, which had been tipped to be eyeing Gotham, was directed by Leonard Foglia (“On Golden Pond”), who will helm the Broadway incarnation.
Written by screen producer, director and scribe George Stevens Jr., “Thurgood” offers a biographical account of Marshall, including his Baltimore upbringing and his stint as chief counsel of the NAACP, during which time he argued the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case in 1954. Marshall, appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967, died in 1993.
Ostar Prods. will produce the limited engagement of “Thurgood” in association with Westport Country Playhouse.
Show is set to begin previews at the Booth Theater on March 30 for an April 20 opening. “Thurgood” will move into the venue following the limited engagement of “The Seafarer,” which will now begin previews on Oct. 30, a day earlier than originally planned.