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From the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is a stirring new musical that explores the infamous 1930’s ‘Scottsboro Case’, in which a group of innocent African-American teenagers are falsely accused of a terrible crime — ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights movement.

The Scottsboro Boys

February 12 - April 18, 2010

Music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman
With Sean Bradford, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, John Cullum, Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones, Forrest McClendon, Julius Thomas III, Sharon Washington, Cody Ryan Wise, Christian Dante White
From the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is a stirring new musical that explores the infamous 1930’s ‘Scottsboro Case’, in which a group of innocent African-American teenagers are falsely accused of a terrible crime — ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights movement.

Sharon Washington

(Shelly) Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS; Off-Broadway: WHILE I YET LIVE (Primary Stages), WILD WITH HAPPY (Public Theater/NYSF, Lortel Award Nomination, Audelco Award); LUCE (Lincoln Center/LCT3); THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), THE OVERWHELMING (Roundabout), HOUSE AND GARDEN (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional: SEVEN GUITARS and DOT (Actors Theatre of Louisville),KING LEAR and MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Denver Center), INTIMATE APPAREL (Guthrie), THE PIANNO LESSON  (Yale Rep). Film: Wiener Dog (2016), Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton. TV: “Gotham,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “White Collar,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: CI.” Training: Yale School of Drama.

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Colman Domingo

(Playwright) is the author of WILD WITH HAPPY(Dramatists Play Service), A BOY AND HIS SOUL  (Oberon Books), UP JUMPED SPRINGTIME AND THE BROTHER(S). The artistic work of Mr. Domingo has been honored with Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. His work has won the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Internet Theater Bloggers awards. Mr. Domingo has received fellowships and/or residencies from The Sundance Theater Lab, The People’s Light and Theater Company, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. Mr. Domingo is under commission from The American Conservatory Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company  and The Public Theater. His plays have been produced at Vineyard Theatre, The Public, Theatreworks, Baltimore Centerstage, The Tricycle Theater (London), Brisbane Powerhouse/World Theater Festival (Australia), Theater Rhinoceros, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival/HERE, and Thick Description Theater Collective. Dot was developed in part during a residency with New York Theater Workshop. Dot received its world premiere at The Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville. Mr. Domingo currently stars on the AMC original series “Fear the Walking Dead.” He has starred in the films Selma, Lincoln, The Butler and Birth of a Nation among others.

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Susan Stroman

(Director) Dot marks Ms. Stroman’s third Vineyard production, after FLORA AND THE RED MENACE and the critically acclaimed THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Most recently she directed and choreographed THE MERRY WIDDOW for the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the new musical LITTLE DANCER for the Kennedy Center. She directed and choreographed the Tony Award-winning Best Musical CONTACT, and THE PRODUCERS, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards. Broadway credits include BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, BIG FISH, OKLAHOMA!, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THOU SHALT NOT, THE MUSIC MAN, THE FROGS, STEEL PIER, BIG, SHOW BOAT, and CRAZY FOR YOU. Off-Broadway credits include AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, HAPPINESS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Madison Square Garden and THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH: AN APOCALYPTIC VAUDEVILLE. Stroman directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical, nominated for four Golden Globes, and received the American Choreography Award for her work in the feature film Center Stage. A five-time Tony Award-winner, she has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire awards. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.

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Larry Hochman

(Orchestrations) Broadway: BOOK OF MORMON (Tony, Drama Desk), PIPPIN, BIG FISH, CHAPLIN, SCOTTSBORO BOYS (first produced at the Vineyard), SPAMALOT, ADDAMS FAMILY. 5 Tony Nominations. Television: Composer of Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets!” (5 Emmys). 25 Regional and Off-Broadway shows incl. DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (Maury Yeston), THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (Marvin Hamlisch). 17 films incl. The Informant! (Marvin Hamlisch) and Disney (Annie, Lady and the Tramp II, Little Mermaid II). Recordings, concerts: Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman, Audra McDonald, Barry Manilow, Mandy Patinkin, Boston Pops, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic. In Memoriam (symphonic poem, publ. E.B. Marks). www.LarryHochman.net

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Paul Masse

(Conductor, Piano) Broadway: The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, AVENUE Q, 42ND STREET (Revival), WICKED, CHICAGO, THE PAJAMA GAME (Revival), GYPSY (2003 and 2008 Revivals), THE PRODUCERS, WHITE CHRISTMAS.  Off-Broadway:  INNER VOICES (“Borrowed Dust”), THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, JACQUES BREL..., THE FANTASTICKS.  Regional:  SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Denver Center), FIRST YOU DREAM (Kennedy Center/Signature Theatre), THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Guthrie).  1st National/LA:  WICKED.  TV:  “The Colbert Report”, “The View”, “The Rosie Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. Various Film soundtracks. Original cast albums:  The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Scottsboro Boys, Noel and Cole.  Concert performances at: Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below. BFA from New York University.

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Sean Bradford

(Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates) Sean is incredibly grateful to be a part of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. He made his Broadway debut as a Simba cover in Disney’s THE LION KING after graduating from Northwestern University. Other credits include THE YELLOW WOOD directed by BD Wong, WAS directed by Tina Landau, and CBS’ “My Broadway Debut”.  Sean is the Executive Director of Broadway in South Africa, which uses the arts to empower children in the U.S. and abroad. Thank you Stro, Mr. Kander, and the entire creative team for trusting me to tell this story. For Mom, Dad, and my incredible and inspiring friends.  www.sean-bradford.com, www.broadwayinsouthafrica.org. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

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Josh Breckenridge

(Olen Montgomery) Vineyard Theatre debut in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Broadway: THE RITZ. Off-Broadway: SAVED (Playwrights Horizons). Regional credits include: HAIRSPRAY (Seaweed J. Stubbs, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre), TALES OF THE CITY (Jon, Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Ken, Cape Playhouse), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (Chad, North Carolina Theatre), MEMPHIS (u/s Gator, Bobby, La Jolla Playhouse/5th Avenue Theatre), DREAMGIRLS (C.C. White, North Carolina Theatre). Film: Finding Me: Truth. BFA: University of Cincinnati (CCM). Thanks to Susan, Tommy, John, David, Carnahan Casting, DGRW and the whole Vineyard family. Love to God, family, friends and Riky for their endless faith and support!

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Derrick Cobey

(Andy Wright) Off-Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Roundabout); G&S CANON (City Center). National tours include RENT and FOREVER SWING. Regional credits: INTO THE WOODS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and MACBETH (Great Lakes Theater Festival/ Idaho Shakespeare Festival); ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (North Shore); RAGTIME (Paper Mill Playhouse); HAIR (Hangar Theater); SIDE SHOW (Cleveland Playhouse); THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Westchester Broadway); PACIFIC OVERTURES (Arden Theatre); OKLAHOMA!, BRIGADOON, RAGTIME, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, DAMN YANKEES, WIZARD OF OZ and FOOTLOOSE (Sacramento Music Circus);  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Connecticut Repertory); SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ (Actors Playhouse).

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John Cullum

(Interlocutor/Judge/Governor of Alabama) Tony Awards: ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and SHENANDOAH. Tony nominations: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER and URINETOWN. Drama Desk nomination: SIN. Broadway: CAMELOT, 1776, DOUBLES, ALL MY SONS, OLD MONEY, Burton’s HAMLET (Laertes), THE BOYS IN AUTUMN, THE TRIP BACK DOWN, MAN OF LA MANCHA, SHOW BOAT. Television: “Northern Exposure” (Holling the bartender), “ER” (Mark Greene’s father), “Law & Order: SVU” (Attorney Moredock). Film: Night Listener, Bettie Page, Secret Life of Algernon, 1776, Sweet Charity, Marie, All the Way Home, and Hawaii.

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Brandon Victor Dixon

(Haywood Patterson) Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, THE COLOR PURPLE (Harpo, Tony Nomination), City Center Encores! HOUSE OF FLOWERS (Royal), THE LION KING Cheetah National Tour (Adult Simba, Original). Regional: RAY CHARLES LIVE! (Ray Charles, Ovation Nomination), GUYS AND DOLLS, ROMEO AND JULIET, HOW TO SUCCEED…, Columbia University’s 107th Annual Varsity Show. TV: “Quincy Jones’s America’s Millennium”, ABC’s “OLTL” (Darryl), “L&O: Criminal Intent” (Dix). Awards: Columbia University’s I.A.L. Diamond Award, NFAA First Level, British Academy of Dramatic Acting scholarship, Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist. Brandon, a Columbia University graduate, thanks family, Jack Waddell, and Abrams Artists/Noble Talent Management for their continuous belief in him. BrandonVictorDixon.com, Findingmorganfreeman.com.

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Rodney Hicks

(Clarence Norris/Preacher) Broadway: RENT (Benny, Closing Cast), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Peter), RENT (Original Cast). Off-Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL… (2006 Cast Recording), FROM MY HOMETOWN (Audelco Award Nomination), RENT (Obie Award), LOTTO (Audelco Award). Regional: WHITE NOISE (Tyler, World Premiere), MISS SAIGON (John, Pioneer Theatre), NOAH’S GREAT RAINBOW (Murigande, Toronto), KING LEAR (Edmund, Denver Center), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Andre, Maltz Jupiter), THE 60’S PROJECT (Roy, World Premiere), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Valentine, Centre Stage), LOBBY HERO (William, Geva), GOLDEN BOY (Joe, Long Wharf). Film: RENT: Filmed Live on Broadway, Bad Decisions, Django. TV: “Hope & Faith”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Student Affairs”, “NYPD Blue”.

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Kendrick Jones

(Willie Roberson/Electrofied Charlie) Off-Broadway:THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), STAIRWAY TO PARADISE (City Center Encores!). Regional: BUBBLIN’ BROWN SUGAR (Fox Theatre, Atlanta). Other theatre credits include LOOKING FOR JOSEPHINE (Opera Comique, Paris), Barack on Broadway (New Amsterdam Theatre), Broadway By the Year and All Singin’ All Dancin’ (Town Hall NYC). Trained at NYU Tisch School’s ETW. www.myspace.com/TAPKID257.

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John Kander and Fred Ebb

(Music and Lyrics) The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Tony Award Nomination), FLORA, THE RED MENACE, CABARET (Tony Award for Best Musical), THE HAPPY TIME, ZORBA, 70 GIRLS 70, CHICAGO, THE ACT, WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Tony Award for Best Score), THE RINK, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Tony Award for Best Score) and STEEL PIER.  Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” (Emmy Award for Music and Lyrics), Funny Lady (Oscar nominated for Best Song), Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Stepping Out and Chicago (Oscar nominated for Best Song). In the mid-1980’s the song “New York New York” became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings including THE VISIT, ALL ABOUT US (a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder play THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH) and CURTAINS.

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Forrest McClendon

(Mr.Tambo/Samuel Leibowitz) Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Tony Award Nomination). Off-Broadway: JAMES BALDWIN: A SOUL ON FIRE (New Federal Theatre, Audelco Award Nomination).  Regional: AVENUE X (11th Hour Theatre Company, Barrymore Award), SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD (Lantern Theatre Company), THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award Nomination), THE AMERICA PLAY (Zachary Scott Theatre, Central Texas Critics Table Award), JULIUS CAESAR (People’s Light and Theatre Company), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Westport Country Playhouse), DREAMGIRLS (Prince Music Theater), FINIAN’S RAINBOW (Walnut Street Theatre). Trained at the University of Connecticut.

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Julius Thomas III

(Roy Wright/Electrofied Issac/Billy/Cook) Off-Broadway Debut in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and thrilled! National Tours: XANADU (Terpsicore/Young Danny, 1st Nat’l), 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Mitch/Chip/Panch U/S, 1st Nat’l), RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Soloist, Arena Tour). NYC Theatre: BONNIE & CLYDE (Buford, NYMF), DIAL ‘N’ FOR NEGRESS (Antonio, Theatre Row). Regional Theatre: AIDA (Mereb, Lyric Theatre, OK), DREAMGIRLS (C.C. White, WVPT), FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (No Moe/Lil’ Moe, Lyric Theatre, OK), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Calypso Brother, Music Theatre Wichita). BFA from Wichita State University. Thanks to this incredible team for taking a chance on me. Thundercats Ho! www.JuliusThomas3.com.

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David Thompson

(Book) Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Tony nomination, Best Book), STEEL PIER (Tony nomination, Best Book), the new script adaptation for CHICAGO (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and THOU SHALT NOT. Off-Broadway: AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND (New York Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), the new librettos for FLORA, THE RED MENACE and DEAR WORLD. Regional: McCarter Theater’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Television: “Sondheim: A Celebration At Carnegie Hall”, “Bernstein on Broadway”, “My Favorite Broadway”, the two-part PBS special “The Music of Richard Rodgers”, and the Great Performances documentary “Razzle Dazzle”. Education: Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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Christian Dante White

(Charles Weems/Victoria Price) Praise be to God! Favorite roles: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), THE WIZ starring Ashanti (Scarecrow, City Center Summer Stars), JERSEY BOYS (Barry Belson, Vegas), HAIRSPRAY (Seaweed J. Stubbs, Tour and The Muny). Reading: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS directed by Susan Stroman, music and lyrics by Kander and Ebb. Love you Mom, Grandma, Bookie, Shamicka, J. Jones, T. Lavell, Larry, Carnahan Casting, Erica Bines, and Headline Talent.

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Cody Ryan Wise

(Eugene Williams/Little George) Off-Broadway: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Vineyard Theatre). Favorite Credits: THE LION KING (Young Simba), THE NUTCRAKCER (Fritz), THE WIZARD OF OZ, DAMN YANKEES. He has also appeared on “Sesame Street”, “The Electric Company”, and the music video for “Heard ‘Em Say” with Kanye West.  He is an 8th grade honors student at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. He is currently working on his first CD project and is honored and excited to be performing in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. www.CodyWise.com.

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Derrick Cobey, Julius Thomas III, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Josh Breckenridge in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.
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John Cullum and company in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Brandon Victor Dixon and Julius Thomas III in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Julius Thomas III and Brandon Victor Dixon in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Review Quotes

"FOUR STARS!

Susan Stroman is in her top form here - the company of actors is extraordinary, with RAZOR SHARP DANCING, AND SOARING MUSIC, SOME OF KANDER AND EBB'S BEST!"

-Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News

"A ROUSING, EFFECTIVE SHOW!"

-Brendan Lemon, Financial Times

"DAZZLINGLY ENTERTAINING! HURRY UP AND GET TICKETS!"

-Elyse Sommer, CurtainUp

"A CAUSE FOR REJOICING!

The score

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Playbill: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Aiming for Broadway in 2010-11 Season

The Scottsboro Boys, the acclaimed new John Kander and Fred Ebb musical that takes a flashpoint in American Civil Rights history and makes it sing, dance and sting Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, will not transfer to Broadway this season, according to the New York Times.

Producer Barry Weissler told the

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Variety: Obama and the Effects of Change on Stage

There’s an ironically presented black minstrel show at the Vineyard Theater. There’s a darkly comic wrestling match with retro racial stereotypes at the Public Theater. At Playwrights Horizons, white characters and black characters try to talk about race, and mostly fail. See a pattern? Legit productions about race in America are proliferating thi

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CHITA RIVERA, DEBRA MONK, KAREN ZIEMBA ETC. SET TO HONOR JOHN KANDER AND THE WORK OF KANDER AND EBB AT VINEYARD THEATRE GALA- MARCH 8, 2010

Chita Rivera, Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba - three beloved actresses well-known for their work in Kander and Ebb musicals - will be joined by other stars, including Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show], LITTLE MERMAID) and host David Hyde Pierce (Tony Award-winner star of Kander and Ebb's CURTAINS) to pay

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VINEYARD THEATRE AND BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS TO PRESENT PANEL DISCUSSION "THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CASE AND ITS LEGACY"

Vineyard Theatre and Barnes & Noble Booksellers to present panel discussion "The Scottsboro Boys: A Conversation About the Case and Its Legacy" Sunday, February 28 at 6:30 pm Union Square Barnes & Noble 33 E. 17 St. - 4th floor Event free and open to the public Three leading scholars on civil rights, civil liberties

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REHEARSALS BEGIN AND TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2010 FOR VINEYARD THEATRE'S WORLD-PREMIERE OF KANDER AND EBB MUSICAL THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Tickets to the eagerly-anticipated world-premiere of the Kander and Ebb musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will go on-sale beginning Monday, January 4th, 2010, it has been announced by Douglas Aibel, Vineyard Theatre's Artistic Director.  Mr. Aibel also announced that January 4th also marks the first day of rehearsals for the musical,

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VINEYARD THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF KANDER AND EBB MUSICAL THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

The cast and creative team for the world premiere of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - the new musical by the legendary composer/lyricist team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, with book by David Thompson and to be directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman - have been announced by Douglas Aibel, Artistic

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NEW KANDER AND EBB MUSICAL THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS TO DEBUT IN FEBRUARY 2010 AT THE VINEYARD THEATRE

The Tony Award-winning Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15 Street) will present the world-premiere of the new musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS -- with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winners John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson and directed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman with musical direction by David Loud

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