The Scottsboro Boys
Written by David Thompson and with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys is based on a true story. Set in 1931 Alabama amid a rape trail, nine young black Americans are awaiting trail and faced with a likely death sentence.
Wrongly accused, the boys struggle with life in prison until they are offered new hope in the form of New York lawyer, Samuel Leibowitz. As holes are found in the accusers stories, it becomes apparent that there is no justice in a racist society.
To add further poignancy to the subject matter, the musical begins and ends with a lady waiting for bus, who is later revealed to be Rosa Parks, the black lady who’s refusal to move down the bus to make room for a white man sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The story is told via the structure of a minstrel show, generating a juxtaposition pf content and mood. The musical structure of the show works to distance the audience from the action, generating a social critique on the events.
Casting is yet to be announced.
Read our ★★★★★ review of The Scottsboro Boys here