BEGINS PREVIEWS TONIGHT,
OCTOBER 7 2010
Production recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Playbill Magazine, Playbill.com, Broadway.com, TheaterMania.com and Broadwayworld.com
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 show has also been nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.
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!”
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS was further developed this summer in a critically acclaimed, sold out production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (Joe Dowling, Director), where it played from July 31 through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.
Set design is by Beowulf Boritt, 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, Janet Pailet/Sharon Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Nederlander Presentations Inc./The Shubert Organization Inc., Beechwood Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Mark Zimmerman, Adam Blanshay/R2D2 Productions, Rick Danzansky/Barry Tatelman, Bruce Robert Harris/Jack W. Batman, Allen Spivak/Jerry Frankel, Bard Theatricals/Probo Productions/Randy Donaldson, Catherine Schreiber/Michael Palitz/Patti Laskawy, Vineyard Theatre.
With the Memory of His Creative Partner at Heart, John Kander Goes to Broadway
By LAURA HEDLI
The Wall Street Journal
October 7th, 2010
“It was a shock to be alone, but it wasn’t a shock to do it,” said composer John Kander.
Mr. Kander, 83, was speaking about his decision to write words in addition to music after lyricist Fred Ebb, his long-time creative partner, died in 2004. At the time, the composer-lyricist duo, whose partnership produced such hits as “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” had been working on the scores for four new musicals, including “The Scottsboro Boys.”
By Cindy Adams
The New York Post
October 7th, 2010
‘The Scottsboro Boys,” opening at the Lyceum Oct. 31, is a new musical about the South’s notorious case where nine black teenagers were unjustly accused of raping a white woman. In Chattanooga, they hopped a freight train hunting work and got off wearing handcuffs.
I watched rehearsal. Crazily inventive, with an all-black cast, a minstrel show and interlocutor, it’s very up, very entertaining. But why song and dance on 1931’s Great Depression, high unemployment following the stock market crash? Said director Susan Stroman, who staged Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick‘s insanely hilarious “The Producers”:
“I was hunting the trials in American history. America loves the underdog. Now’s the best time for this story about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. And the actors play the white women, the Jewish lawyers, all the characters. Onstage they themselves construct the train, the courtroom, the jail.”
Undertaking this huge creation, does skinny Stroman sleep at night? “No. I think of the story. Of what matters. I live alone. Life is only me and the theater. All night it spins in my head. I’m awake thinking of costumes, sound, music, the set, the characters. Nobody will listen if this isn’t entertaining.”
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Special Features: Candid Kander
By ROBERT SIMONSON
October 7th, 2010
Legendary Broadway composer John Kander talks minstrel shows and The Scottsboro Boys — his collaboration with absent friend Fred Ebb.
Plus Photo Coverage from October 6 Press Event
Tickets ($39.50 – $131.50; Premium $251.50) are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com and at the Lyceum Theatre box office (149 West 45th Street). Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM.