THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS – music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson
Les Spindle – Edge Los Angeles
The 2010 musical “The Scottsboro Boys” now in its L.A. premiere, is among the most innovative and thrilling shows to have graced Broadway in recent years, justifiably earning 12 Tony nominations. Yet it lost all of those Tony bids in a year when “The Book of Mormon” proved to be an undefeatable juggernaut.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA
This production opens with a woman sitting on a bus bench, holding a pastry box. The aroma from the box seems to give her a Proustian memory. Suddenly, a troupe charges through Ahmanson Theatre, heads for the stage, and begins to tell the tale of the Scottsboro boys. The story of the real-life pretense at justice for nine Southern black teens in the 1930s unfolds, but not in documentary form.