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THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Headed to the Young Vic; Performances to Begin October 18


As reported by the Daily Mail, the Tony Award nominated musical The Scottsboro Boys is headed to the West End's Young Vic (artistic director David Lan), directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Performances are slated to begin on October 18.

"It seemed proper that we remembered them again," Stroman told the Mail, referring to the trail the musical is based on--when nine boys were tried for the alleged rape of two white women in Alabama in 1931. "It was a terrible mark on American history."

Read the original report here.

The production played Broadway from October 31, 2010 to December 12, 2010.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the last collaboration of Broadway songwriting legends John Kander and Fred Ebb. Based on the notorious 'Scottsboro' case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime) this daring musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with brilliant originality. Broadway's 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), came to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre in 2010.

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 was also nominated for four AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre, including Outstanding Musical Production.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS had its world premiere in 2010 at the Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director). The show was further developed this summer in a critically acclaimed production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (Joe Dowling, Artistic Director), where it played from July 31 through September 25 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pictured: Rodney Hicks, John Cullum, and Brandon Victor Dixon in The Vineyard Theatre's 2010 Broadway production of The Scottsboro Boys. Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg.

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