PHOTO CALL: The Scottsboro Boys, With James T. Lane, Clifton Oliver and Ron Holgate, Plays San Diego's Old Globe
By Krissie Fullerton
02 May 2012
The Scottsboro Boys, the Tony Award-nominated musical inspired by true events, makes its West Coast debut April 29 at The Old Globe in San Diego with original cast member James T. Lane.
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).