Controversial Broadway Musical to Open in London


London's theater scene will be getting a taste of Broadway this fall when John Kander and Fred Ebb's final musical, The Scottsboro Boys, opens at the Young Vic. 

Directed by five-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman, the limited engagement begins on Friday, October 13 at the Young Vic, with an official press opening set for Tuesday, October 29. The run is strictly limited to five weeks.

The Scottsboro Boys made its New York debut in the spring of 2010 and went on to receive 12 Tony nominations for its Broadway run, in spite of protests over the controversial subject matter and presentational style. Casting for the London production will be announced soon.

The show tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, who were accused of a violent crime against two white women while on a train traveling through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. Their trials, convictions and appeals, which lasted for years, divided the nation and heavily influenced the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Scottsboro Boys will play the following performance schedule: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm / Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning February 28 and can be purchased via or by calling 011-44-020-7922-2922. For more information about the show, visit



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