The Scottsboro Boys 2010

Run Time:
1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission
Opened: October 31, 2010
Closing: December 12, 2010

The Scottsboro Boys - 2010 - Broadway History , Info & More

The Scottsboro Boys is based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case in the 1930s, where nine African American men were unjustly accused of attacking two white women on a train in Alabama. The young men were convicted by an all-white jury and spent years in jail, while the case was tried and retried. In the tradition of their classic musicals Cabaret and Chicago, Kander and Ebb explore this dark chapter of American history in a daringly inventive and startling entertainment.


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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR The Scottsboro Boys

'Chicago' Team Zaps ‘Scottsboro” Tale With Song, Dance
9 / 10

The story is wrenching and the songs rank with Kander and Ebb's most gorgeous; 'Southern Days' -- which starts out as a riff on 'My Old Kentucky Home' and, with its lynching imagery, ends up echoing Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' -- still gives me nightmares.

The Scottsboro Boys
9 / 10

The cast is terrific. Any qualms about the replacement of the actor who played main defendant Haywood Patterson at the Vineyard are dispelled early on by Joshua Henry (from last season's 'American Idiot'). Henry is very good here; so is 80-year-old veteran John Cullum, who struts through the affair as the Interlocutor with a benevolent smile tinged with snarling condescension. (Cullum might have remembered some of the trial as a child growing up in the South during the six years of Scottsboro trials.)

TV Flashback 3: Opening Night of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by Robert Diamond - December 12, 2010


In honor of the show's (unfortunate) premature closing today, we present video highlights of the show along with interviews with the cast and creative from the show's opening night!

TV Flashback 2: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS in Performance!
by Robert Diamond - December 12, 2010


In honor of the show's (unfortunate) premature closing today, we present video highlights of the show in performance.

TV Flashback 1: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by Robert Diamond - December 12, 2010


One of the most anticipated Broadway Musicals of the season, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, featuring the creative team including legendary musical theatre composer John Kander, Tony and Emmy-nominated book writer David Thompson, five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman, and the acclaimed cast met the press in anticipation of their Broadway opening this fall. Broadway Beat and BroadwayWorld was on hand for this electric event and bring you musical highlights and interviews with the cast and creative team!

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Plays Final Performance, 12/12
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2010


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway this Sunday, December 12.

RIALTO CHATTER: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Come Back to Broadway in Spring of '11?
by Rialto Chatter - December 10, 2010


The Wall Street Journal reports today that THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS may return to Broadway in the Spring for a repeat run just before the Tony Awards. According to the report, once THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS shutters in on Sunday, the producers are 'planning to put together a national tour for the musical and [hope] to bring it back to Broadway for a limited run before the Tony Awards in the spring.'

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS To Play Final Performances This Week
by Gabrielle Sierra - December 8, 2010


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway this Sunday, December 12.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Hosts Post Performance Talk-backs 12/9
by BWW News Desk - December 9, 2010


On Wednesday, December 9, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will host a post-show talkback, moderated by CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford ("CBS Evening News," "Face the Nation," "Early Show," "CBS Sunday Morning").

RIALTO CHATTER: Lee Daniels to Helm SCOTTSBORO BOYS on Screen?
by Rialto Chatter - December 3, 2010


Deadline.com reports today that Precious mastermind Lee Daniels has his eye on a screen adaptation of Kander & Ebb's SCOTTSBORO BOYS, playing out its final performances at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. According to the report: 'While The Scottsboro Boys ends its Broadway run on December 12 at the Lyceum Theatre, there are flickers of hope that the last collaboration between songwriting legends John Kander and Fred Ebb will have a feature future. I'm told that Oscar-nominated Precious director Lee Daniels has seen the show several times and is in early conversations to develop it.'

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Host Post Performance Talk-backs 12/9
by Gabrielle Sierra - December 3, 2010


On Wednesday, December 9, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will host a post-show talkback, moderated by CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford ("CBS Evening News," "Face the Nation," "Early Show," "CBS Sunday Morning").

Photo Coverage: John Kander & THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS visit Borders
by Walter McBride - December 2, 2010


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, December 12. The production, which opened October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), will have played 49 performances and 29 previews. Previews began on October 7. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the last collaboration of Broadway songwriting legends John Kander and Fred Ebb. The musical features a book by David Thompson and is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Yesterday, December 1, John Kander and the Boys visited Borders Book Store in New York to talk all things SCOTTSBORO and sign copies of the Vineyard production cast album. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS to Close on Broadway December 12
by Robert Diamond - November 30, 2010


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, December 12. The production, which opened October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), will have played 49 performances and 29 previews. Previews began on October 7.

Channing, Kander & Scottsboro Boys Join Lifebeat For World AIDS Day 12/1
by Gabrielle Sierra - November 29, 2010


On December 1, World AIDS Day, Borders will be giving customers a chance to give back. The retailer will be donating up to 25%* of a customer's total sale to Lifebeat, the music industry's HIV/AIDS prevention charity in America.

Whoopi Gives THE VIEW Audience SCOTTSBORO Tix
by Robert Diamond - November 29, 2010


On THE VIEW today, Monday, November 29, 2010, THE VIEW host Whoopi Goldberg said 'We want to give you good news. So, here's some good news. I think that one of the best shows, one of my favorite shows on Broadway is called THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, it's magnificent, it's great. All the members of our studio audience, you're all going home with a pair of tickets to see it! It's a fantastic show, fantastic!'

Review - The Scottsboro Boys & Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
by Ben Peltz - November 23, 2010


Although Broadway has a history of great artistic success from adapting existing sources for the musical stage (My Fair Lady, Show Boat, Gypsy...) the past decade's ever-increasing trend of turning popular films, novels that inspired popular films and songwriter's catalogues into musicals has, in many minds, elevated the status of the completely original musical; particularly original musicals by American authors.

Photo Coverage: James Earl Jones Visits THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by Peter James Zielinski - November 22, 2010


The cast and crew of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS welcomed yet another star visitor this week, stage and screen vet James Earl Jones, on Sunday, November 21, 2010. Denzel Washington and Whoopi Goldberg are among the shows additional fans. Jones is in town starring on Broadway in DRIVING MISS DAISY alongside Vanessa Redgrave. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below.

Vineyard Theatre Hosts THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: From Inception to Broadway 11/22
by BWW News Desk - November 22, 2010


The Tony and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) will continue its popular VINEYARD VOICES - a series of panel discussions with leading figures from the theatre community - on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. with an evening entitled, "THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: From Inception to Broadway," it has been announced by Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director of Vineyard Theatre.

TV Exclusive: Joshua Henry Honors Weisslers with SCOTTSBORO Performance!
by Jessica Lewis - November 18, 2010


On Sunday, November 14, the New York Musical Theatre Festival hosted it's annual awards gala, honoring the winners of this year's fest and industry veterans Chita Rivera and producers Barry and Fran Weissler. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you exclusive video highlights below. In this clip, watch Josh Henry honor the Weisslers with a performance from THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.

Whoopi Talks SCOTTSBORO, Protests on THE VIEW
by Robert Diamond - November 15, 2010


On the Monday, November 15, 2010 episode of the ABC show, THE VIEW, host Whoopi Goldberg talked about THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Here's what she said...

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Makes EW's 'Must List'
by Robert Diamond - November 13, 2010


In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly (November 19th is the cover date), THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS makes the magazine's 'The Must List'. Writing about the show, the magazine notes that 'As musicals go, the telling of the painful history of nine black men falsely accused of rape in 1931 could seem a challenge. But Boys is a moving, subversive look at America's racist past, set to a glorious score.'

Vineyard Theatre Hosts THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: From Inception to Broadway 11/22
by Gabrielle Sierra - November 12, 2010


The Tony and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) will continue its popular VINEYARD VOICES - a series of panel discussions with leading figures from the theatre community - on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. with an evening entitled, "THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: From Inception to Broadway," it has been announced by Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director of Vineyard Theatre.

Photo Flash: Whoopi Goldberg Visits THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS!
by Leslie Fazin - November 12, 2010


The cast and crew of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS welcomed their second star-studded visitor this week, stage and screen actress Whoopi Goldberg, on Thursday, November 11, 2010. Denzel Washington and his wife stopped by earlier this week.

Photo Flash: Denzel Washington Visits Cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by Leslie Fazin - November 10, 2010


Stage and screen actor Denzel Washington, who received his first Tony award for FENCES, visited the cast and company of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS began previews on October 7 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) and opened on October 31, 2010. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS stars John Cullum as Interlocutor, Joshua Henry as Haywood Patterson, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo, Sharon Washington as The Lady, Josh Breckenridge as Olen Montgomery, Derrick Cobey as Andy Wright, Jeremy Gumbs as Eugene Williams, Rodney Hicks as Clarence Norris, KendRick Jones as Willie Roberson, James T. Lane as Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates, Julius Thomas III as Roy Wright, and Christian Dante White as Charles Weems and Victoria Price. The production also features E. Clayton Cornelious, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane and Cherene Snow.

STAGE TUBE: New SCOTTSBORO BOYS Commercial!
by Jessica Lewis - November 10, 2010


THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS began previews on October 7 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) and opened on October 31, 2010. The production team has just released the latest television spot for the show, including quotes of acclaim. Click below for a look!

The Scottsboro Boys History

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The Scottsboro Boys - 2010 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical Brandon Victor Dixon
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Book of a Musical David Thompson
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Choreography Susan Stroman
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Director of a Musical Susan Stroman
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lyrics Fred Ebb
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music Fred Ebb
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Musical The Scottsboro Boys
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Larry Hochman
2010 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical Peter Hylenski

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