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Opening Night:
May 1, 2008
Closing:
January 1, 2009

Theater: Booth Theatre / 222 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

The one-man show is based on the life and momentous times of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall, a descendent of slaves, was a pioneering civil rights attorney, sucessfully arguing Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, prior to becoming a member of that exclusive body.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF thurgood

    Trials and Triumphs on the Road to Justice

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    May 1, 2008: It’s a safe bet that Thurgood is the only play on Broadway at which the announcement of a famous legal verdict is greeted by a burst of heartfelt applause. Does that make it sound less than thrilling?

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF thurgood

    In "Thurgood," Laurence Fishburne tells the life story of the first black Supreme Court justice, in more-or-less Thurgood Marshall's own folksy words. If this sounds less like a drama than an educational TV special for Black History Month, you grasp the major limitations and the good intentions in the solo biography that opened Wednesday night at the Booth Theatre.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF thurgood

  • VARIETY REVIEW OF thurgood

    A few minutes into Thurgood and he's got the audience eating right out of his hand. While that image may serve to describe the star power of Laurence Fishburne, it applies just as well to the late Thurgood Marshall, the subject of this one-man show penned by George Stevens Jr. The first black justice of the Supreme Court was the kind of character you can really take into your heart.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF thurgood

    There ought to be a law - all bio-dramas should be as vivid and entertaining as Thurgood, which opened Wednesday at the Booth Theatre and stars Laurence Fishburne as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF thurgood

    WE owe a debt to Laurence Fishburne and playwright George Stevens Jr. for bringing a great man to life in Thurgood, and putting him vividly, if too exhaustively, on the stage of the Booth Theatre. History is really little more than a series of biographies, carefully selected and woven together - but a lot of the details get swept under history's rug.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF thurgood

    Laurence Fishburne instantly commands the stage with consummate ease, wringing enormous humor, pathos, and, above all, inspiration from his subject's life and Stevens' words. Indeed, there's little doubt that Fishburne, who has been absent from Broadway for nearly a decade, has lost none of his stage chops. In fact, he is now a serious contender to earn his second Tony Award.

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