The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic was is on my short list for great theatre in 2013. Fortunately if you missed the show last fall, you have a chance to see it in a limited run from 4 October 2014 – Saturday 21 February 2015.
From the theatre: “Directed and choreographed by five-time TONY Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers and Bullets Over Broadway) The Scottsboro Boys is a dazzling and provocative musical, already hailed as a modern classic from the legendary creators of Chicago and Cabaret, John Kander and Fred Ebb.
The Scottsboro Boys 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. Wrongly accused of an unspeakable crime, their trial would divide a nation. But behind the screaming headlines was the devastating story of nine young men, desperate to prove to the world that they mattered.
The Scottsboro Boys had a powerful effect on American history and on the American Civil Rights Movement. Their trials led to the passage of two pivotal Supreme Court rulings, including the right to proper legal representation and the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers, specifically ensuring that black people could no longer be excluded from juries.”