THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS begins previews on Thursday, October 7 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). Opening night is Sunday, October 31.
Joshua Henry is on the brink of a Broadway breakthrough with the lead role in ‘The Scottsboro Boys’
by Joe Dziemianowicz
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, October 3rd 2010
As the lead in the musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” launching on Thursday, Joshua Henry is on the brink of a Broadway breakthrough. The 26-year-old Harlem resident credits a fictional swindler for his rapidly ascending acting career. He’d planned on being an accountant,
like his mom.
But fate intervened when he was cast as the irresistible con man Harold Hill in “The Music Man” his senior year of high school in Miami. “It was nontraditional casting,” he says. “I liked it. It got me rolling in the theater.” Long story short, bye-bye spreadsheets.
Henry studied theater at the University of Miami, graduating in 2006, and has been working steadily since the role of Judas at the Papermill Playhouse’s production of “Godspell” drew him to New York City.
His latest job follows small but pivotal Broadway parts in “American Idiot” and “In the Heights.” In 2008 he played Jennifer Hudson’s boyfriend in the first “Sex and the City” movie. And as the Tinman, he provided some of the most shining moments in “The Wiz” at City Center last year.
But “Scottsboro Boys” is a whole new showcase. The racially charged musical, built as a minstrel show by “Cabaret” and “Chicago” creators John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, tells the story of nine young black men wrongly imprisoned in the 1930s. Henry plays Haywood Patterson, who wrote about the events in his book “Scottsboro Boy.”
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