The Scottsboro Boys | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Scottsboro Boys Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 12 2017

This dark, powerful concept musical marks the final collaboration between composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb—the brilliant team who created Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman—prior to Ebb's 2004 death. With a book by David Thompson, it recounts a notorious true case of racist injustice—the railroading of nine black teenagers on false charges of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama—in the style of a 19th-century minstrel show, using the hallmark techniques of that form (including blackface, drag, ragtime "coon songs," and a cakewalk dance) to bring a Brechtian distance to the story. Porchlight Music Theatre's Chicago premiere features a superb ensemble under the direction of Samuel G. Roberson Jr., with period-style choreography by Florence Walker-Harris and Breon Arzell and first-rate musical direction by Doug Peck. —Albert Williams

Price: $45-$8, $40-$43 seniors


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