The thrilling, final collaboration by musical theatre greats John
Kander and Fred Ebb (The World Goes 'Round), The Scottsboro Boys was
hailed as one of the
most visionary pieces to grace the Broadway
stage. Nominated for a staggering 12 Tony Awards, The Scottsboro Boys will have you tapping your toes and hollering for justice as the
tables are turned on one of the most infamous events in American
history: nine African
American men accused of a crime they did not commit.
In the prejudicial south of
the 1930's, 9 African-American men were
ripped from a train and accused of rape by two white women. Hauled to
jail without a
shred of actual evidence against them, The Scottsboro Boys were
rushed through trial procedures, found guilty, and sentenced to death.
What occurred in the
years following the trials was a harrowing tale of bravery and
strength in the face of great adversity.
The Scottsboro Boys is haunting and
inspiring when presented in an
intimate setting, but also has an inexplicable ability to touch an
seated in the back of the theatre as well as it does those just
footlights. With its brilliant stew of performance styles and piercing
new songs, it is
truly a triumph of the American Musical Theatre.