Musical's Grim Inspiration Will Be Discussed Following Dec. 9 Scottsboro Boys Performance

News   Musical's Grim Inspiration Will Be Discussed Following Dec. 9 Scottsboro Boys Performance
Following the Dec. 9 performance of The Scottsboro Boys at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, a panel will discuss the case that inspired the musical.

The post-show talkback will be moderated by CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford. Guests will include Sheila Washington, the founder of the Scottsboro Museum in Scottsboro, AL; Garry Morgan, the museum's historian; Lecia Brooks, director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, AL; and Kathy Horton Garrett, the granddaughter of James E. Horton, the judge who risked his life and career when he refused to allow the death sentence be imposed in the second trial of Scottsboro defendant Haywood Patterson.

The talkback is free for ticket buyers attending the Dec. 9 performance at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). Tickets are available at

The Scottsboro Boys, a musical by songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb and librettist David Thompson, will play its final performance on Broadway on Dec. 12.

The production, which opened Oct. 31, will have played 49 performances and 29 previews. Previews began on Oct. 7.

Based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case in the 1930s (in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime in Alabama), the show explores a grim chapter in American history. The story is told in the frame of a minstrel show to underline the social-justice theme — and to keep it wildly entertaining. The Scottsboro Boys is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact).

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