Signature Theatre has released a teaser trailer for its D.C. premiere of The Scottsboro Boys; check it out above. Directed by Joe Calarco and choreographed by Jared Grimes, the production will run May 22–July 1 in the MAX Theatre.
The cast is comprised of Jonathan Adriel (Signature’s Dreamgirls) as Andy Wright, Malik Akil (Broadway’s Holiday Inn) as Charles Weems/Victoria Price, Christopher Bloch (Signature’s Titanic) as The Interlocutor, Chaz Alexander Coffin (Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Hair) as Mr. Tambo, Felicia Curry (Signature’s Les Misérables) as The Lady, C.K. Edwards (Broadway’s Shuffle Along) as Roy Wright, DeWitt Fleming, Jr. (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam) as Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates, Andre Hinds (Signature’s Crazy for You) as Willie Roberson, Darrell Wayne Purcell (Olympics Uber Alles) as Clarence Norris, Aramie Payton (Flashdance The Musical national tour) as Eugene Williams, Lamont Walker II (Pittsburgh CLO’s Aida) as Haywood Paterson, Joseph Monroe Webb (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam) as Olen Montgomery, and Stephen Scott Wormley (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam) as Mr. Bones.
John Kander and Fred Ebb’s final musical collaboration premiered on Broadway in 2010. The musical, with a book by David Thompson, centers around nine young African-American teenagers who were ripped off a train in 1931, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried, and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process.
“The story of the Scottsboro Boys is one that too few people know, and the horrific injustices they endured have been repeated over and over again in this country,” said director Calarco in an earlier statement. “Like Cabaret and Chicago before it, Kander and Ebb attack a social issue head on while also managing to be wildly, breathtakingly, theatrical. I couldn’t be more eager to tell this story with this extraordinary cast and creative team. It’s a story that must be told and must be heard so that maybe one day this country will stop repeating it.”
The production features musical direction by Brian P. Whitted (Broadway’s Shuffle Along), dramaturgy by Sybil R. Williams (Signature’s U.G.L.Y.), scenic design by Daniel Conway (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by Sherice Mojgani (Arena Stage’s Two Trains Running), costume design by Tony nominee Emilio Sosa (Broadway’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), sound design by Ryan Hickey (Signature’s Titanic), fight choreography by Casey Kaleba (Signature’s Jesus Christ Superstar), and dialect coach Kim James Bey (Woolly Mammoth’s An Octoroon). Kerry Epstein serves as production stage manager.
The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway
(Updated May 14, 2018)