The Phoenix Theatre and the Black Theatre Troupe bring you
"The Scottsboro Boys!"
About "The Scottsboro Boys"
The "Scottsboro Boys” were nine African-American teenagers, as young as 13, accused in Alabama of raping two white American women on a train in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The cases included a lynch mob before the suspects had been indicted, a frame-up, all-white juries, rushed trials, and disruptive mobs. It is frequently cited as an example of overall miscarriage of justice in the United States legal system. On November 21, 2013, Alabama's parole board voted to grant posthumous pardons to the three Scottsboro Boys who had not already been pardoned or had their convictions overturned.
The Scottsboro Boys musical is based on the book by David Thompson, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the Scottsboro Boys trial, the musical is one of the last collaborations between Kander and Ebb prior to the latter's death. The musical has the framework of a minstrel show, altered to "create a musical social critique" inviting audience members to look at racial relations with a critical heart. The musical debuted Off-Broadway and then moved to Broadway in 2010. It received twelve Tony Award nominations.