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'Scottsboro Boys' Face Unjust Early Closing on Broadway

By November 30, 2010

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'Scottsboro Boys' by Kander & Ebb

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Dear Broadway Producers,

What is going on?! Ten major shows are closing in January, and the future of La Cage and Addams Family are in question once their stars leave in February and March, respectively. Now the announcement that the brand-spankin' new Scottsboro Boys is being given the heave-ho? Say it ain't so!

Recipe for success: Music and Lyrics by the incredible musical team of Kander and Ebb, a Book by David Thompson, and Direction and Choreography by 5-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman. So where did it all go wrong? It opened on October 31, 2010 and will now close on December 12th? I can almost understand a show that gets average reviews closing, but not a show that opened to tremendous acclaim by almost every theatre critic in the business.

The Scottsboro Boys tells the true tale of 9 African-Americans accused of a crime they did not commit in the 1930's. With signature Kander and Ebb music and powerful story-telling from Stroman, Scottsboro seemed to be a guaranteed hit with Tonys' talk emerging from the pre-New York audiences when it was still Broadway-bound.

Someone, please help me make sense of this crazy, economically-strapped theatre world! Until then, call (212) 239-6200 for your tickets to see The Scottsboro Boys at the Lyceum Theatre at 149 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenues).

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November 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm
(1) Angela says:

I’m totally with you on this. I can’t believe how quickly these closures are happening, and it’s very sad to see. “Scottsboro Boys” was generating a lot of worthy discussion among audiences, too.

December 10, 2010 at 9:58 am
(2) mike says:

I went to see Scottsboro Boys, twice, big kander and ebb fan. i thought it was amazing, but it did evoke alot of emotion, and I noticed in the theatre, that many people were offended, some even walked out. I am not one of the ethnic groups targeted, and only felt a sense of compassion for what happened to these innocent people, and how it was a disgrace how our judicial system was run by corrupt, horrible people, and they got away with it. In saying this, I loved the show. Kander and ebb are the only guys who can take a subject matter as sad as this, everyone dies a horrible death at the end, and you walk out humming the music…..so sad to see it close, but today there is no reason for anything thats happening…we just have to hope it improves……

December 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(3) theater says:

I’m so sad to see what’s happening to Bway… Off-Bway allows for more experimental shows and is better for longer-run plays, but musicals are the bread and butter of Broadway. Why these shows (Scotts, BBAJ, et al) are getting canned is a mystery… except the producers forgot that there IS risk in investing in a Bway show. The general rule is, invest your money without expecting to see any of it EVER again. {:-)

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