Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production of The Scottsboro Boys and is currently starring as Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical on Broadway, will make his West End debut in The Scottsboro Boys. As previously reported, Kander and Ebb’s musical will transfer to the West End’s Garrick Theatre following its highly acclaimed run at the Young Vic. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the award-winning production will begin performances on October 4 prior to an October 20 opening night.
Dixon will be joined by several American cast members reprising their Young Vic roles in the West End. They will include Olivier nomine Colman Domingo as Mr Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr Tambo and James T Lane as Ozie Powell. British cast members include Game of Thrones’ Julian Glover, reprising his role as The Interlocutor. They will appear alongside Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock and Carl Spencer. Further casting will be announced soon.
The Scottsboro Boys is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which 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.
The Scottsboro Boys first played off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre prior to opening on Broadway in 2010, earning 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The tuner received its London premiere in 2013 and went on to receive the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.