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The Scottsboro Boys soars in pre-Broadway run at the Guthrie Theater




(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Broadway-bound production of The Scottsboro Boys received rave reviews in Minneapolis, where it opened August 6 and continues performances through September 25, 2010 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. From there, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, beginning performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010 opening.

Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“AN ASTONISHING MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, with biting wit and entertaining showmanship.  Director Susan Stroman finds the perfect sensibility for this musical from the legendary team of Kander and Ebb.  The singing and dancing is first rate.  Joshua Henry ignites the role of Haywood Patterson.  The Scottsboro Boys is a brilliant invocation of a story that commemorates nine fellow Americans.”

Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

“SCOTTSBORO is dazzling entertainment.  The show has Susan Stroman’s high-stepping choreography and fluid direction, abundant humor and one toe-tapping tune after another.  Kander and Ebb supply razzle-dazzle and mine gold.  I cannot imagine how it could be performed more spectacularly than by the singer/dancer/actors on the Guthrie stage.   And, if the question in transferring the show from the 125-seat Vineyard Theater to the Guthrie’s 700-seat space was “Does the show work for audiences in a larger theater?” the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Brad Richason, Examiner.com

“A positively galvanizing experience, audacious and entertaining.  New York audiences should be lining up for tickets now.  The Scottsboro Boys reasserts the power of the musical to explore our social mores and question the justice of our convictions.  The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Joshua Henry in the role of Haywood Patterson, a tour-de-force performance.  Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon spark charisma.  Missing this rare production would truly be a shame.”

Tad Simons, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

“A show that dares to fire the uncomfortable truth about American racism at the audience with both barrels.  The songs are beautiful, the singing and choreography exquisite and the performances stellar.  There is outlandish brilliance to it, a degree of theatrical courage that must be acknowledged and applauded.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins every award possible at next year’s Tonys.”

Leora Maccabee, TCJewFolk.com

“You have never seen a piece of theater like this and you may never again.  The Scottsboro Boys will make you sob and laugh.  You will never be the same.  The music is jazzy and beautiful.  The audience will give the cast a standing ovation each night.  Whether you remember the story of the Scottsboro Boys from the news broadcasts of your childhood or from your seventh grade history class or if this chapter of American history is shockingly new to you, this show will ensure you never forget.”

Steve Loucks, Steve On Broadway.com

“THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is sensational in virtually every way.  Gut wrenching, outrageous and absolutely beautiful.  A magnificent musical that will surely become a must-see on Broadway. Kander and Ebb have provided an ingeniously sly score.  Librettist David Thompson wisely hews his book quite close to what actually transpired, giving an air of verisimilitude to the story.  Stroman exceptionally executes this production, frequently employing her creative choreography to brilliantly underscore the proceedings.  The cast without exception are in a word, superb.  Joshua Henry’s extraordinary turn as Haywood Patterson thrills.“

Secrets of the City.com

The Scottsboro Boys had me on the edge of my seat, literally.  The most powerful musical since Rent. Intense and gripping.  The audience cannot help but be completely entertained by the incredible talent and professionalism of the performers, the flawless direction and choreography of Susan Stroman and the extraordinary song writing of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Do not miss it.”

The final collaboration by musical theater giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), this critically-acclaimed production is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and features a book by David Thompson.

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.

The cast of The Scottsboro Boys includes Sean Bradford (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), Josh Breckenridge (Olen Montgomery/Dance Captain), David Anthony Brinkley (Interlocutor), Derrick Cobey (Andy Wright), E. Clayton Cornelious (Swing), Colman Domingo (Mr. Bones), Jeremy Gumbs (Eugene Williams), Joshua Henry (Haywood Patterson), Rodney Hicks (Clarence Norris), Kendrick Jones (Willie Roberson), Forrest McClendon (Mr. Tambo), JC Montgomery (Swing), Julius Thomas III (Roy Wright), Sharon Washington (The Lady) and Christian Dante White (Charles Weems/Victoria Price).

The Scottsboro Boys continues through September 25, 2010, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets start at $29 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies.

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