“The Scottsboro Boys,” which revisits the notorious civil rights incident of the 1930s, is closing after just a seven-week Broadway run on Dec. 12. The ambitious new musical divided critics over its use of the minstrel format as a means of telling the compelling story of nine young African-American men accused of rape by two white woman in Alabama in 1931.
This musical marked the final show from composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb (“Cabaret,” “Chicago”). Tony champ Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) shephered the show in a run last season at the non-profit Vineyard Theater and an out-of-town tryout earlier this year at the Guthrie in Minneapolis.
In a statement producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Jacki Barlia Florin said: “We’ve never believed more strongly and passionately in a show as we did with ‘The Scottsboro Boys.’ It’s a show we felt we had to produce and we’re proud and grateful to have brought this last great musical from Kander & Ebb to Broadway. We encourage anyone who loves challenging, provocative and original new musicals to see us in our final two weeks at the Lyceum.”
Image: “The Scottsboro Boys” playbill (Lyceum Theater)