By Krissie Fullerton
02 May 2012
The cast of The Scottsboro Boys features Tony Award winner Ron Holgate (1776) as The Interlocutor, Clifton Duncan as Haywood Patterson, Jared Joseph as Mr. Bones and JC Montgomery as Mr. Tambo. The cast also includes David Bazemore (as Olen Montgomery), Nile Bullock (Eugene Williams), Christopher James Culberson (Andy Wright), Eric Jackson (Clarence Norris), Cornelius Bethea (Willie Roberson), James T. Lane (Ozie Powell/Ruby), Clifton Oliver (Charles Weems), Clinton Roane (Roy Wright) and C. Kelly Wright (The Lady), with Audrey Martells (The Lady Understudy) and Shavey Brown and Max Kumangai (Swings).
The Scottsboro Boys "is a daring new musical based on the notorious 'Scottsboro' case in which nine young African American men were unjustly accused of rape in 1930s Alabama," according to The Old Globe. Their story would eventually help spark the Civil Rights Movement. Stroman and the writers use the structure of the theatrical phenomenon of a minstrel show to tell the bitterly satiric tale.
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, The Scottsboro Boys features music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, libretto by David Thompson, musical direction by Eric Ebbenga and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (her work is recreated here by an associate, Jeff Whiting).
Here's a look at the production:
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