Long before the Airplane films, Leslie Nielsen made his Broadway debut in 1952's Seagulls Over Sorrento, which had Brooks Atkinson approving the young actor's "excellent" performance. Then Hollywood beckoned, and Nielsen said goodbye to the stage.
Now he's back and doing the one-man show Clarence Darrow, which he brings to Boston's Emerson Majestic Theatre April 28-May 3.
The play, by David W. Rintels, is based on Irving Stone's Clarence Darrow for the Defense and was first seen on Broadway and on tour in 1974 with Henry Fonda as 'Scopes Monkey Trial' lawyer extraordinaire Darrow.
Proceeds from the performances will benefit the Emerson Majestic Theatre Restoration Fund. For information, call (617) 824-8000.
-- By Rebecca Paller