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The Scottsboro Boys

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Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

1hr. 45mins
0 Intermissions
Important Dates
On Sale
Sep 02, 2010
Oct 07, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
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This new musical by the legendary song-writing team of Kander and Ebb explores the infamous “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which a group of African-American teenagers were unjustly accused ...



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What Is the Story of The Scottsboro Boys?
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.

Critics’ Reviews

A powerful and provocative musical. An absolute marvel. The creators — including director and choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer David Thompson — walk a fine line between satire and alienation, but emerge with what surely must be the edgiest play on Broadway.

Review by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press

The show is vibrantly alive. A thrillingly inventive and entertaining night at the theater. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be moved. What could be more Broadway than that?

Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post

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What Is The Scottsboro Boys Like?
The final musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Curtains) is presented in the style of a minstrel show. Along with one white cast member (who plays an emcee known as the Interlocutor, the Alabama governor and a judge), the African-American cast morphs from the Scottsboro boys into female roles (including the white accusers), various police officers, and even the men’s Jewish attorney. Between musical numbers, two top-hatted narrators, Mr. Bones and Mr. Tambo, set the scene and tell vaudeville-style jokes. The stage is empty except for chairs that are transformed into train cars, jail cells and other props. Kander and Ebb have written a lovely, hummable score that illuminates a serious story with grace and insight. Director/choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Young Frankenstein) keeps the action moving and draws vivid performances from a versatile cast.

Is The Scottsboro Boys Good for Kids?
The staging is sophisticated and satirical, and parents should consider at what age their children can understand a musical built around a false accusation of rape.