Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bad to the Bone!

We're heading off to Broadway today to catch a preview of Thorogood, a musical based on the songs of George Thorogood and the Destroyers, directed by our friend and neighbor, Lenny - who in addition to being a big-shot director, also has the distinction of being the only living resident of Querétaro with a wikipedia entry (well, except for the governor, but we think he's a cyborg). In what I think is an extraordinarily bold piece of casting, the 58-year-old, white, Delaware-born blues-rocker is being played by Laurence Fishburne. We're as skeptical as you are, frankly, but if you caught his Oscar-nominated turn as Ike Turner (or his generally less-applauded Cowboy Curtis) then you know he's got the chops for it. Not sure who the band will be, but since there's a law mandating that all backup music in New York City be provided by Paul Shafer and the CBS Orchestra, that's our guess.

We're prepared to be dazzled!

Update: Okay, that totally wasn't what we were expecting. The play posits some sort of weird alternative history in which Thorogood is actually a Negro attorney of some kind. Less music and more Plessy v. Ferguson references than we were prepared for. Of course, this does explain why Lenny's been such a font of Supreme Court trivia these past few months. Anyway, go check it out.


Anonymous said...

perhaps it was about Thurgood Marshall?

Anonymous said...

you are an idiot

Ostar Productions in association with Westport Country Playhouse presents Laurence Fishburne in THURGOOD, a new play by George Stevens, Jr., directed by Leonard Foglia. THURGOOD will open at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St) on Wednesday, April 30th with previews starting on April 12 (following the strictly limited engagement of THE SEAFARER). THURGOOD will run through August 3, 2008.

THURGOOD, a one man-show, is the remarkable and triumphant story of Thurgood Marshall, who rose from a childhood in the back-street of Baltimore to the Supreme Court of the United States. Along the way, Mr. Marshall overcame many adversities but through them all, remained focused and positive to maintain the great country he wanted to serve. And did. THURGOOD brings to the stage the words, the wit, the tenacity and the wisdom of one of America's greatest Heroes.

Burro Hall said...

So THAT'S why the George Thorogood character kept referring to himself as "Thurgood Marshall"! That scene at the end where Lyndon Johnson appoints him to the Supreme Court totally makes sense now.

Thanks so much for clearing that up!

(By the way- are you a student at UPenn, or do you actually teach there? I'm guessing tenured professor, right?)