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The Scottsboro Boys Opens Tonight at The Guthrie Theater

««««(out of four)!  A MASTERWORK – daring and highly entertaining!

If you see one show this season, make it THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS!”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST

 

««««(out of four)! Susan Stroman is in top form here!

Soaring music, some of Kander & Ebb’s best!”

Jeremy Gerard, BLOOMBERG NEWS

 

“Pitch perfect.  A STAGGERINGLY INVENTIVE piece of musical theatre. 

Entertainment of the highest order, with INSPIRED direction and choreography

by Susan Stroman.  An EXHILIRATING evening of theatre!”

Michael Kuchwara, ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

WINNER! LORTEL AWARD – BEST NEW MUSICAL

WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL

 

KANDER & EBB’S
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

OPENS TONIGHT AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

 

BROADWAY PREVIEWS BEGIN OCTOBER 7

OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 31 AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE

Music and lyrics by JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB

Book by DAVID THOMPSON

Direction and Choreography by SUSAN STROMAN

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS officially opens tonight at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN prior to beginning its Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street)  on Thursday, October 7 (Broadway opening night is Sunday, October 31). The Guthrie production began performances July 31 and will play through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.   

The Guthrie cast for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS features Sean Bradford as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, David Anthony Brinkley as The Interlocutor, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, Kendrick Jones as Willie Roberson, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, Sharon Washington as The Lady and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price. Tony Award winner John Cullum will return to the role of The Interlocutor (which he created at The Vineyard) for the Broadway production. Broadway casting for the role of Eugene Williams will be announced soon. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. This critically-acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago‘s record-breaking revival), comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre.

 

The production is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.  

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS had its world premiere earlier this year at the Vineyard Theatre, where it was heralded by Entertainment Weekly as “a cause for rejoicing,” “a masterwork” by the New York Post, “staggeringly inventive” by the Associated Press and “dazzling, riveting and toe-tapping with real teeth” by Variety.  NY1 called the production “one of the most satisfyingly original shows to open in a very long time!,” while Bloomberg News raved “Susan Stroman is in top form here — razor sharp dancing and soaring music, some of Kander and Ebb’s best!”

Set design is by Beowulf Borritt, costume design is by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design is Ken Billington and sound design is by Peter Hylenski.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman, with musical arrangements by Glen Kelly.  Music direction is by David Loud. 

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin and The Vineyard Theatre.  

Tickets ($39.50 – $131.50; Premium $251.50) are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.    Performances will be Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. 

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www.ScottsboroMusical.com

 

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