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The Scottsboro Boys - initial casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

INITIAL casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Kander and Ebb’s award-winning and final musical The Scottsboro Boys, which opens at the Garrick Theatre on October 20, 2014, following preview performances from October 4.

Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production of The Scottsboro Boys and is currently starring as Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical on Broadway, will make his West End debut.

Returning after their triumphant performances at The Young Vic are the American cast members Colman Domingo (Olivier Award nominated) as Mr Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr Tambo and James T Lane as Ozie Powell. British cast members include Game of Thrones star Julian Glover, reprising his role as The Interlocutor.

They will appear alongside Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock and Carl Spencer, with further casting to be announced.

Previously Posted: Following its highly acclaimed and sold-out season at the Young Vic, The Scottsboro Boys is transferring to the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Kander and Ebb’s award-winning and final musical, it will open on October 20, 2014 with preview performances from October 4.

Directed and choreographed by five-time TONY Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, 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.

As well as winning the Critics’ Circle Best Musical of 2013, The Scottsboro Boys was nominated for 12 Tony and six Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.

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.

The Scottsboro Boys continue to make history today. On April 19, 2013, the Scottsboro Boys Act was finally passed – a historic piece of legislation to posthumously exonerate the last eight of the nine boys, enacted an incredible 82 years later.

With book by David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys features set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Paul Arditti and orchestration by Larry Hochman. Casting has yet to be announced.

Tickets are on general sale from Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Preview prices (October 4 to October 23): Monday to Thursday, £49.50, £39.50, £25, £15; Friday and Saturday, £55, £45, £30, £15.

Full run prices (from October 24): Monday to Thursday, £59.50, £49.50, £35, £25; Friday and Saturday, £65, £55, £40, £25. To book, call the box office on 0844 412 4662 or visit www.scottsboromusicallondon.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:45pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm; Press Night (October 20) at 7pm.

Twelve Angry Men continues at the Garrick Theatre until June 14, 2014.