The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre from 4 Oct
The Young Vic's 2013 sell out production of The Scottsboro Boys by Kander and Ebb transfers to the West End's Garrick Theatre where it will open on 21 October 2014 following previews from 4 Oct. It is currently booking until 21 Feb 2015.
Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the original London production was nominated for 6 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. It won the Critics' Circle Best Musical 2013 following its run at the Young Vic Theatre.
The musical 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. As the group find themselves wrongly accused of rape, their subsequent trial divides the nation, and continues to affect legislation years after the events. As they are turned into symbols of free press and the civil rights movement, behind the screaming headlines was the devastating story of nine young men, desperate to prove to the world that they mattered.
The production originally opened on Broadway in 2010, where it went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The musical uses the conventions of a minstrel show to tell the story in an original manner. Casting for the production is yet to be announced.
The Scottsboro Boys has music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Paul Arditti and orchestrations by Larry Hochman. It is produced in the West End by Catherine Schreiber, Paula Marie Black and Young Vic Productions.