Fishburne illuminates Broadway in 'Thurgood'

7/28/2011, 10:28 a.m.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE IS EXCELLENT IN BROADWAY'S "THURGOOD": Stage and screen icon Laurence Fishburne, star of the Broadway hit "Thurgood" (a new play by George Stevens, Jr., directed by Leonard Foglia), is simply stunning, evoking the unflappable spirit of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice. It's playing at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street in Manhattan), where it opened to rave reviews on April 30 for a limited, 16-week engagement.

"Thurgood," a one-man show, is the remarkable and triumphant story of Marshall, a civil rights activist lawyer who rose from a childhood in the backstreets of Baltimore to, as previously mentioned, the Supreme Court of the United States. Along the way, he overcame many adversities. But through them all, he remained focused and positive to maintain the great country he wanted and did serve.

"Thurgood" brings to the stage the words, wit, tenacity and wisdom of one of American's greatest heroes. Simply put, Fishburne powerfully channels Thurgood Marshal, taking the audience on a thrilling, funny, engaging racially historic ride that throughout electrifies the stage. At the capacity filled performance I attended, Fishburne's performance was flawless. At its encouraging conclusion, he received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Performances are Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $70 and $95. For information and tickets, go to www.Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200.

You don't want to miss Laurence Fishburne in "Thurgood."

"ALDRIDGE AND LENA" OPENS AT THE H.A.D.L.E.Y. PLAYERS JUNE 6-29: The groundbreaking H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players (Gertrude Jeannette, founder/CEO; Janice Jenkins, artistic director), will celebrate the lives and achievements of 19th century Black Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge and esteemed songstress, actress and civil rights pioneer Lena Horne in "Aldridge and Lena," two powerful one-act presentations, running June 6 through 29.

The brilliant Ira Aldridge takes center stage in "Curtain Call, Mr. Aldridge, Sir," one of the final plays penned by the one and only Ossie Davis. Eric Coleman portrays Aldridge and directs a stellar cast, which includes Richard Kohn, Angela Sims and Buddy Woodson.

Then legendary song stylist and civil rights titan Horne is embodied in "A Song For You...The Civil Rights Journey of a Negro Woman: Lena Calhoun Horn," conceived, written and performed by award-winning Wendi Joy Franklin.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. at the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players, located at North Presbyterian Church (529 West 155th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). General admission is $20; seniors, students and groups of 10 or more, $18. There will be a "Special Opening Post-Play Reception" on Sunday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m.; admission is $26 for everyone.For more information and reservations, call (212) 368-9314 or (212) 926-0281.

"Aldridge and Lena" is live theatre at its best and is not to be missed.

REAL HIP MEN COOK AT NO.-1 FATHER'S DAY EVENT: Charlamagne (co-host of the syndicated Wendy Williams radio show), Modesto Lacen (star of "Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz"), and Capone (host of "Showtime at the Apollo"), add a hip, new spin on the Nation's No.-1 Father's Day celebration. They'll be celebrity food tasters for the 19th annual Real Men Cook event on Sunday, June 15 (3-6 p.m.) at the New York City Mission Society Minisink Townhouse (646 Lenox Avenue, 142nd Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues).