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Original Broadway Version (2010)
Jump on board for this sensational true story of nine young men in a case that changed history.
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 audience member seated in the back of the theatre as well as it does those just beyond the footlights. With its brilliant stew of performance styles and piercing new songs, it is truly a triumph of the American Musical Theatre.
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Kelsey Grammer, who plays Scrooge in the Menken/Ahrens "A Christmas Carol" on NBC in 2004, was in a workshop production of the musical "Sunday in the Park with George" when he read for the guest role of Crane in "Cheers."