'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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