THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Have West Coast Premiere at Old Globe; April 22-June 3, 2012
BroadwayWorld.com has excitedly learned that fresh from it's 12 Tony nominations this morning, The Scottsboro Boys will make its west coast premiere from April 22-June 3, 2012 at The Old Globe in San Diego.
Direct from Broadway, and nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Scottsboro Boys is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theater giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Directed 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), this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with arresting originality. The show is based on the notorious Scottsboro case in the 1930s in which nine African American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime. An inspiring story told through a mix of innovative staging and a breathtaking score, The Scottsboro Boys was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "The Best New Musical of the Year." A co-production with American Conservatory Theater.
John Kander and Fred Ebb (Music and Lyrics) have collaborated for the theater on Flora, the Red Menace, Cabaret (Tony Award, Best Composer and Lyricist), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70, Girls, 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Original Score), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Original Score), The World Goes Round, Steel Pier, Curtains, All About Us, The Visit and The Scottsboro Boys. Their film work includes Funny Lady, Lucky Lady, Cabaret, New York, New York, Steppin' Out, Chicago, Kramer vs. Kramer, Places in the Heart, Still of the Night, Blue Skies Again. Their television credits include "Liza with a Z," "Steppin' Out" (Emmy Award), "My Coloring Book," the Academy Awards, "Baryshnikov on Broadway," "Goldie and Liza Together," "Breathing Lessons," "The Boys Next Door" and "An Early Frost." In 1985, "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City.
David Thompson's (Book) Broadway productions include the libretto for The Scottsboro Boys with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The show originated at Off Broadway's Vineyard Theatre and was presented at Guthrie Theater for a sold-out 10-week run. His work was recognized with a Drama Desk Award nomination as well as the Outer Circle Critics and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical. Thompson teamed with Kander and Ebb, Susan Stroman and Scott Ellis on Steel Pier (Tony Award nomination, Best Book of a Musical). He created the new script adaptation for the current revival of Chicago, which is now in its 14th year on Broadway. He collaborated with Harry Connick, Jr. and Susan Stroman on Lincoln Center Theater's Thou Shalt Not. Off Broadway, Thompson's work includes And the World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk and Outer Circle Critics Awards) and the revival of Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination). Additional regional projects include new librettos for Jerry Herman's Dear World and Kander and Ebb's 70, Girls, 70. Thompson's adaptation of A Christmas Carol is now in its 20th year at McCarter Theatre. This spring, Thompson produced James Taylor's critically acclaimed Perspective series for Carnegie Hall. The four-concert series celebrated Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary and included guest artists Sting, Tony Bennett, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Barbara Cook, Alison Krauss, Robert Cray and President Bill Clinton. Thompson's television work includes the PBS specials "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall" (Emmy Award nomination), "Razzle Dazzle," "Bernstein on Broadway," "The Music of Richard Rodgers" and "My Favorite Broadway."