Cast for The Scottsboro Boys musical at Young Vic

Casting has been announced for Kander and Ebb’s musical The Scottsboro Boys , which receives its UK premiere at Young Vic Theatre Main House, opening 29 Oct 2013, following previews from 18 Oct - running to 23 Nov 2013.

Colman Domingo (Mr. Bones) and Forrest McClendon (Mr. Tambo) , stars of the original Broadway production, join the UK premiere. Also joining the Young Vic cast fresh from Broadway are Christian Dante-White (Charles Weems) and Clinton Roane (Roy Wright). The cast also includes Julian Glover (The Interlocutor), Dawn Hope (The Lady), Adebayo Bolaji (Clarence Norris), Carl Spencer (Andy Wright) , Martin Bishop, Susan Reynolds, Jordan Shaw.

The original production scooped 12 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Director.

Directed & choreographed by Susan Stroman, the show has music by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by David Thompson. It is produced by Young Vic and Catherine Schreiber.

Tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, travelling on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives had been changed forever by the devastating effect of a single lie. Two white women falsely accused the nine of rape. Even though one of the women later recanted her accusation and in spite of a total absence of evidence, the boys were convicted. Their subsequent trials and appeals, lasting seven years, deeply divided the nation.

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