U.K. Premiere of The Scottsboro Boys Opens at London's Young Vic Oct. 29
By Mark Shenton
The U.K. premiere of John Kander and Fred Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys officially opens Oct. 29 at London's Young Vic, following previews that began Oct. 18, for a run that has now been extended through Dec. 21.
The production features the Tony-nominated stars of the original 2010 Broadway production: Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon, who were both nominated for Tonys for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, respectively, reprising their roles as Mr. Bones and Mr. Tambo.
The company also features Broadway cast members Christian Dante-White, reprising his role as Charles Weems; James T. Lane, reprising his role as Ozie Powell; and Clinton Roane, a swing in the original production who will now play Roy Wright.
Also in the cast are British actors Julian Glover as the Interlocutor, Dawn Hope as the Lady, Kyle Scatliffe as Haywood Patterson, Emile Ruddock as Willie Roberson, Idriss Kargbo as Eugene Williams, Adebayo Bolaji as Clarence Norris, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton as Olen Montgomery, Carl Spencer as Andy Wright and Martin Bishop, Susan Reynolds, Joshua Liburd and Jordan Shaw.
Domingo played Private Harold Green in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and was recently seen in "The Butler." On Broadway he has also been seen as Billy Flynn in Chicago, and won an OBIE award for his appearance in the Off-Broadway production of Passing Strange, and won a GLAAD and Lucille Lortel Award for his autobiographical show A Boy and His Soul.
McClendon's theatre credits include Faith Journey Off-Broadway, James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire and Dreamgirls. He won a Barrymore Award for his role in Avenue X at the 11th Hour Theatre Company.
Glover's extensive theatre credits include The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre), King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Richard II (Old Vic), Galileo's Daughter (Bath Theatre Royal for the Peter Hall Company); Phedre and Britannicus (both at the Almeida), and The Dresser and Oliver! (both in the West End). Screen credits include appearances in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and the Bond film "For Your Eyes Only." TV credits include playing Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO's "Game of Thrones"
Hope's West End credits include Porgy and Bess and Piaf. She has also been seen at Lyric Hammersmith and on a U.K. tour in Rough Crossing for Headlong. On TV, she plays the character Alison Soames in "Coronation Street."
The Scottsboro Boys tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, travelling on a train through Scottsboro, AL, in 1931 in search of a new life. By the end of their journey, their lives had been changed forever. Two white women falsely accused the nine of rape. Although one woman recanted, although the court treatment was a tragic miscarriage of justice, they were all convicted. Their subsequent trials and appeals, lasting seven years, deeply divided the nation.
Earlier this year, The Scottsboro Boys Act was passed on April 19 to posthumously exonerate the last eight of the nine boys, enacted 82 years after their event took place.
The Scottsboro Boys has music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. The Scottsboro Boys is a Young Vic and Catherine Schreiber production.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org for more details.
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