Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Old Globe Announces West Coast Premiere of The Scottsboro Boys

The Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for the west coast premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, the critically acclaimed musical about an infamous chapter in American history. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, The Scottsboro Boys features music & lyrics by the legendary team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, libretto by David Thompson, musical direction by Eric Ebbenga, and direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan StromanThe Scottsboro Boys will run May 5 - June 10.  Preview performances are April 29 - May 4.
The Scottsboro Boys is a daring new musical based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in which nine young African American men were unjustly accused of rape in 1930s Alabama. Their lives would eventually spark the Civil Rights Movement.

The cast features Tony Award winner Ron Holgate (for 1776) as The Interlocutor, Clifton Duncan as Haywood Patterson, Jared Joseph as Mr. Bones and JC Montgomery as Mr. Tambo, along with David Bazemore (Olen Montgomery), Nile Bullock (Eugene Williams), Christopher James Culberson (Andy Wright), Eric Jackson (Clarence Norris), Kendrick Jones (Willie Roberson), James T. Lane (Ozie Powell), Clifton Oliver (Charles Weems), Clinton Roane (Roy Wright) and C. Kelly Wright (The Lady), Audrey Martells (The Lady Understudy), and Shavey Brown and Max Kumangai (Swings).

The Old Globe’s production of The Scottsboro Boys reunites the original creative team of Jeff Whiting (associate director and choreographer), Beowulf Boritt (scenic cesign), Toni-Leslie James (costume design) and Ken Billington (lighting design). Boritt and Billington were nominated for Tony Awards for their designs. The creative team also includes Jon Weston (sound design), Eric Santagata (assistant choreographer), Rick Sordelet (fight director), Janet Foster, CSA (casting) and Joshua Halperin (stage manager).

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

The Old Globe will present three educational seminars about The Scottsboro Boys and the historical significance of the Scottsboro legal case. Admission is free, but reservations are required for these special events. Please email to reserve a seat for one or more of these seminars.

Insights Seminar:  Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Director and choreographer Susan Stroman and playwright David Thompson will discuss the history of the production and the issues they faced in the creation of the musical.

Diversity in the Arts: Monday, May 7 at 7:00 pm. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Join Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (MOXIE Theatre) and Seema Sueko (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company) for a conversation about how theatre artists — both present and past — explore stories about race on stage.

Turning Points in San Diego Civil Rights History: Monday, June 4 at 7:00 pm. Reception at 6:30 pm. The Scottsboro case galvanized a generation of African Americans and became a turning point in civil rights history. Dr. Carrol Waymon and Dr. John Warren lead a discussion of the civil rights movement in San Diego.

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