October 31, 2011
December 12, 2011
In rural Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931, nine young African-Americans are pulled from a train and accused of raping two white women. Although the men (including one underage teen) are not guilty, they endure multiple trials, convictions and appeals, including several in which they are defended by a New York lawyer sent to Alabama by the Communist party. Surrounded by racism, they attempt to prevail in an infamous case that helped give rise to the modern Civil Rights movement.
The true events of the Scottsboro case of the 1930s.
Songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb had been working on The Scottsboro Boys at the time of Ebb's death in 2004. Several years after Ebb's death Kander revisited the material and completed the project.The show premiered at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in the spring of 2010, and went on to play for six weeks at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in the fall before transferring to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.
Book by David Thompson; music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Barry & Fran Weissler, Jacki Barlia Florin, Alecia Parker, Janet Pailet/P2 Creations, Sharon A. 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
—2010 Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite New Off-Broadway Musical
—2010 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
—2010 Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
—2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical
The tale of the Scottsboro Boys’ case has been embraced by popular culture, inspiring a 1976 TV movie called Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys and the 2006 film Heavens Fall, starring Timothy Hutton and Anthony Mackie. Next up, director Lee Daniels (Precious) may adapt the musical version for the screen.