The musical that borrows an infamous Civil Rights injustice for its source is now on Broadway, playing the Lyceum Theatre following a spring run at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre and a summer engagement at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Opening night on Broadway is Oct. 31.
The Broadway production features recent revisions to the script (by David Thompson) and score (by Kander and Ebb), but the cast album is a close approximation of the Broadway score. Kander told Playbill.com in recent days that he doesn't plan to make public which songs are solely by him (music and lyrics) and which he penned with Ebb. When lyricist Ebb died in 2004, Thompson, Kander and director-choreographer Susan Stroman took a break — but then returned to the material several years later. Kander said about two-thirds of the score was complete at the time of Ebb's passing; Kander picked up the pen to complete the score.
As he did in the Off-Broadway run, John Cullum, the Tony Award winner celebrating 50 years on Broadway this season, plays the Interlocutor in the musical, which reinvents the minstrel show genre to tells its tale.
John Yap is the album's producer. Kander and David Loud are co-producers. The Jay Records release represents the Kander & Ebb score as heard last spring at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre. The orchestrator is Larry Hochman, the musical arranger is Glen Kelly, and the music director is David Loud.
Click below to listen to samples from the Off-Broadway cast album of The Scottsboro Boys, used with permission from JAY Productions Ltd. (© 2010 JAY Productions Ltd. / ℗ 2010 JAY Productions Ltd.):
Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey
Commencing in Chattanooga
Go Back Home
The album features Off-Broadway cast members Sean Bradford, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, John Cullum, Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones, Forrest McClendon, Julius Thomas III, Sharon Washington, Cody Ryan Wise and Christian Dante White.
Here's the track listing:
1. MINSTREL MARCH / HEY, HEY, HEY Orchestra and Company
2. OUR STORY BEGINS Interlocutor
3. COMMENCING IN CHATTANOOGA Haywood and The Scottsboro Boys
4. ALABAMA LADIES Victoria and Ruby
5. NOTHIN' Haywood
6. ELECTRIC CHAIR Guards, Eugene, Electrofied Charlie and Electrofied Issac
7. GO BACK HOME Haywood, Eugene and The Scottsboro Boys
8. SHOUT The Scottsboro Boys
9. MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE TRUTH Haywood, Billy and The Scottsboro Boys
10. THAT'S NOT THE WAY WE DO THINGS Samuel Leibowitz
11. NEVER TOO LATE Ruby and The Scottsboro Boys
12. FINANCIAL ADVICE Attorney General 13. SOUTHERN DAYS The Scottsboro Boys and Interlocutor
14. CHAIN GANG (MINSTREL MARCH Reprise) The Scottsboro Boys
15. ALABAMA LADIES (Reprise) Victoria
16. IT'S GONNA TAKE TIME Interlocutor
17. ZAT SO Governor of Alabama, Samuel Leibowitz and Haywood
18. YOU CAN'T DO ME Haywood
19. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS The Scottsboro Boys
20. GO BACK HOME John Kander
The Scottsboro Boys is the winner of the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.
For more information, visit www.ScottsboroMusical.com.
John Kander, Susan Stroman, David Thompson and their troupers discuss the historic event that sparked the musical: