The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
March 10, 2010
Closing:
April 18, 2010

Theater: Vineyard Theatre / 108 East 15th Street, New York, NY, 10003

Synopsis: 

This new musical by the legendary song-writing team of Kander and Ebb explores the infamous “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which a group of African-American teenagers were unjustly accused of attacking two white women, and the boys’ attempts to prove their innocence.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway

    So Hard to Put Into Words (and Music)

    Ben Brantley

    March 10, 2010: It is a sad but certain truth that for pure entertainment value guilt nearly always trumps innocence. Should you require incontrovertible evidence of this basic law of show business, take a look at the new musical from the fabled songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, which opened Wednesday night at the Vineyard Theater. This solemn, virtuous enterprise is called “The Scottsboro Boys,” and it wears its halo like a barbed-wire hat.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway

    Ugly prejudice, dazzling drama

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    March 11, 2010: If you see one show this season, make it "The Scottsboro Boys." It's as simple as that.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway

    'The Scottsboro Boys': New Fred Ebb musical is based on Alabama race case

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    March 10, 2010: In 1931, nine young black men were unjustly sent to an Alabama prison after being falsely accused of rape. Six years and eight trials later, they were still rotting there. Lily-white, liberal Northerners fumed; Southern crackers licked their chops. Either way, it was great entertainment.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway

    The Scottsboro Boys

    Andy Propst

    March 11, 2010: A tale of Southern bigotry and miscarried justice unfurls with swift and startling alacrity in the immensely satisfying The Scottsboro Boys, the new musical with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by David Thompson, playing at the Vineyard Theatre.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway

    The Scottsboro Boys

    Matthew Murray

    March 10, 2010: The peculiar mathematics of theatre is that one plus one plus one does not always equal three. You can have first-rank writers working at top form, the director and choreographer providing some of her best staging of the decade, and a marvelous cast and still come up with a show that only intermittently soars. Such is the case of The Scottsboro Boys, the last (maybe?) John Kander–Fred Ebb musical, which just opened in a largely flawless production at the Vineyard Theatre that only highlights the few but considerable imperfections in the writing.

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