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John Cullum: An Accidental Star

April 8 - May 6, 2021

Conceived by John Cullum and Jeff Berger
Written by David Thompson
Music Supervision Georgia Stitt
Music Direction by Julie McBride
Directed by Lonny Price and Matt Cowart
A co-production with Goodspeed Musicals and Irish Repertory Theatre
in association with Jeff Berger
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 Director of Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.), where the musical will begin previews February 12, 2010 prior to its official opening night on March 10. The 13-member cast of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS will feature two-time Tony winner John Cullum, Colman Domingo, Brandon Victor Dixon, Sean Bradford, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones, Forrest McClendon, Julius Thomas III, Sharon Washington, Cody Ryan Wise and Christian White. Also announced is the creative team for the musical, which will have set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Peter HylenskiDavid Loud is music director; orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS explores the infamous "Scottsboro" case of the 1930's, in which a group of African American teenagers were unjustly accused of attacking two white women -- and the boys' attempts to prove their innocence.  The musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is a stirring and provocative new work depicting one of the most important and notorious chapters in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS reunites Vineyard Theatre with John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman -- who along with the late Fred Ebb -- previously collaborated on The Vineyard's revival of FLORA, THE RED MENACE in 1987. In his long, illustrious career, John Cullum has received Tony Awards for his performances in the musicals ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and SHENANDOAH, and Tony nominations for the musicals ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, URINETOWN and 110 IN THE SHADE.  He most recently appeared on Broadway in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Colman Domingo has appeared on Broadway in WELL and PASSING STRANGE, and earlier this season debuted his acclaimed solo play A BOY AND HIS SOUL at Vineyard Theatre.  Brandon Victor Dixon received a Tony nomination for his role as Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE, and is currently appearing as the title character in RAY CHARLES LIVE! at Pasadena Playhouse. Sean Bradford has appeared on Broadway in THE LION KING; John Breckenridge was featured in the cast of THE RITZ on Broadway; Rodney Hicks' credits include JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and RENT on Broadway; Derrick Cobey appeared in this season's new musical TIN PAN ALLEY RAG Off-Broadway; and Kendrick Jones is an actor and dancer who has performed nationally with the dance troupe Tap City. Forrest McClendon appeared at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia in DREAMGIRLS; Julius Thomas III appeared in 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in Chicago; Sharon Washington has performed in numerous productions at the Public Theater, including RICHARD III, CYMBELINE and CORIOLANUS; Christian White appeared at City Center Encores! in THE WIZ; and Cody Ryan Wise appeared at City Center Encores! in DAMN YANKEES and in the national tour of THE LION KING. Beowulf Boritt has designed the Broadway productions of ROCK OF AGES, LOVEMUSIK and 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.  Toni-Leslie James designed Vineyard Theatre's productions of Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT! and Mr. Domingo's A BOY AND HIS SOUL; her numerous Broadway credits include FINIAN'S RAINBOW, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, ANGELS IN AMERICA and JELLY'S LAST JAM. Kevin Adams won Tony Awards for his lighting designs for THE 39 STEPS and SPRING AWAKENING; at The Vineyard designs include MARY ROSE, THE FOURTH SISTER and BRUTAL IMAGINATION. Peter Hylenski's Broadway designs include ROCK OF AGES, SHREK and SWEET CHARITY. David Loud has served as musical director for CURTAINS, A CLASS ACT and STEEL PIER on Broadway.  Larry Hochman's Broadway credits include SPAMALOT, THE LITTLE MERMAID and A CLASS ACT. The legendary collaboration of John Kander and Fred Ebb over four decades resulted in some of the most beloved and enduring musicals in theatre history:  from FLORA, THE RED MENACE to CABARET (Tony Award); ZORBA, CHICAGO and WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Tony Award); to KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Tony Award), CURTAINS, THE VISIT and ALL ABOUT US. David Thompson is a Tony Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical for STEEL PIER.   His other credits include the script adaptation for CHICAGO and the musical THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, a musical revue of the songs of Kander and Ebb (New York Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards). In addition, he has written new librettos for the revival of FLORA, THE RED MENACE and Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD. Susan Stroman won two Tony Awards as director and choreographer of THE PRODUCERS. She co-created, directed and choreographed CONTACT for Lincoln Center Theater (Tony Award, Best Choreography). Other Broadway credits include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HAPPINESS, OKLAHOMA!, THE MUSIC MAN, STEEL PIER, SHOW BOAT, (Tony Award) and CRAZY FOR YOU (Tony Award). Off-Broadway productions include AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND and FLORA, THE RED MENACE at The Vineyard. Vineyard Theatre is the recipient of the Tony Award for the musical AVENUE Q and continues as producer of the musical's current production at New World Stages in New York.  The Vineyard has also produced the musical [title of show] on Broadway. One of the nation's leading non-profit theatre companies dedicated to new plays and musicals and bold programming, The Vineyard has produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning productions of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN and Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE.  The Vineyard has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works and developed innovative educational collaborations. Recent productions include Tarell Alvin McCraney's acclaimed WIG OUT!. The Vineyard opened its 2009-2010 season with the enormously popular play A BOY AND HIS SOUL, written and performed by Colman Domingo, which The Vineyard recently announced is expected to receive a commercial Off-Broadway production later this season. This spring, The Vineyard will produce the world premiere of Adam Rapp's THE METAL CHILDREN and the new musical THE BURNT PART BOYS by Mariana Elder, Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller, directed by Joe Colarco, in co-production with Playwrights Horizons. Vineyard Theatre is under the guidance of Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Director. For information about Vineyard Theatre, call 212-353-0303 or visit

John Cullum

John Cullum is a two time Tony Award recipient and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.

He made his Broadway debut in Lerner & Loew’s Camelot in 1960, and has been a perennial Broadway favorite for more than 60 years. His musical credits include On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1776, Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys, 110 In The Shade (revival), Harold Prince’s production of Show Boat, as well as Shenendoah and On The Twentieth Century, each of which garnered him Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. John’s non-musical credits include Hamlet, where he played Laertes to Richard Burton’s Hamlet, as well as Deathtrap, Private Lives, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Casa Valentina, and August: Osage County. During the run of that show, John accepted The Keen company’s invitation to star in Heroes, so at the age of 80, he performed 15 shows a week with a brief stop between theaters for dinner: pizza, 2 slices for 99 cents.

Cullum’s film and television career has been extensive as well. He played Holling The Bartender in six seasons of "Northern Exposure", had recurring roles in "ER" and "Law & Order: SVU", and "The Middle". His guest credits include "30 Rock", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Madam Secretary", "Mad Men", "The Good Wife", "Nurse Jackie" and "The Blacklist".

John recreated his dazzling performance of Edward Rutledge for the film of 1776. His other film credits include Hawaii, Inherit The Wind, Kill Your Darlings, The Day After, Sweet Country, Held Up, and most recently, Jungleland.

John has been married for more than 60 years to Emily Frankel, a prominent choreographer and writer. At 91, his passion for acting has not dimmed, and he continues to entertain audiences, and inspire his younger colleagues


David Thompson

David Thompson Librettist. Broadway/West End: The new libretto for the current revival of Chicago (the longest running American musical), The Scottsboro Boys (London’s Critic Circle Award, Evening Standard Award, 12 Tony nominations including “Best Book,” Drama Desk Nomination, Outer Critics and Lucille Lortel Awards for “Best Musical,” Hull-Warriner Award), Prince of Broadway, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Thou Shalt Not, The Look of Love, Steel Pier (Tony Nomination “Best Book”). Off-Broadway: The Beast in the Jungle, And the World Goes ‘Round, (New York Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Awards), Flora, the Red Menace, (Drama Desk nomination) UK Regional and London: The revised librettos for Rags at Park Theatre, Bar Mitzvah Boy at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, US Regional: A Christmas Carol, now in its thirtieth year at Princeton’s McCarter Theater. Concert: Produced and Wrote James Taylor’s Perspective Series at Carnegie Hall, My Favorite Broadway/The Leading Ladies at Carnegie Hall. Television: “Sondheim – A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” (Emmy Nomination), “Razzle Dazzle” for Great Performances, “The Music of Richard Rodgers with Lorenz Hart,” “The Music of Richard Rodgers with Oscar Hammerstein” for WGBH Boston as well as the recent “Harold Prince – the Director’s Life” for Great Performances. Thompson is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.


Georgia Stitt

Georgia Stitt is an award-winning composer, lyricist, music producer and pianist. She has two original musicals that premiered recently: Snow Child (Arena Stage) and Big Red Sun (11th Hour Theater, NAMT). Her children’s musical, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, (TADA Youth Theater) won “Outstanding New Musical” from the National Youth Theatre and is now licensed by Concord Theatricals. Other shows include The Big Boom (with Hunter Foster), The Water (winner of the 2008 ANMT Search for New Voices in American Musical Theater) and Mosaic (commissioned for Inner Voices, starring Heidi Blickenstaff). Georgia has released four albums of her music: A Quiet Revolution, My Lifelong Love, Alphabet City Cycle and This Ordinary Thursday. She is currently at work on a collection of theatrical art songs and an oratorio. Georgia is in leadership at The Dramatists Guild and MUSE and she is the Founder and President of Maestra, an organization for the women who make the music in the musical theater.


Julie McBride

Julie McBride is a NYC-based music director, pianist, educator, arranger and orchestrator. She was most recently the music director and conductor for the Broadway shows SpongeBob SquarePants!, Head Over Heels and INK (Manhattan Theatre Club). Other Broadway credits include Pretty Woman (associate conductor), Amazing Grace (associate conductor), Finding Neverland (assistant conductor). Off-Broadway/regional credits include: Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons), Next to Normal (Second Stage), These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre Company), Deathless (Goodspeed), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse, Public Theatre) and Daddy Long Legs (10 regional productions). Her television and film credits include "Rise", "The Path", "Little Voice", "After.Life", and the upcoming remake of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story.


Lonny Price

In the fall of 2019, Lonny directed the world premiere of the Mitnick/Gwon collaboration, Scotland PA., for the Roundabout Theatre (produced in association with Hal Luftig). On Broadway, he directed Sunset Boulevard, (starring Glenn Close) Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, (Starring Audra McDonald) 110 in the Shade, 'Master Harold'... and the Boys, (starring Danny Glover) Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, and A Class Act (Tony Award nominated book co-written with Linda Kline). West End credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at the Wyndham’s, as well as Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Man of La Mancha, all for the English National Opera. Film and television credits include his film version of the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd (Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel), and Company. He also directed the stage and filmed versions of his tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert! (Emmy Award). Other Philharmonic collaborations include the “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast of Camelot, Candide, Sweeney Todd (George Hearn and Patti LuPone, Emmy Award), and Sondheim’s Passion (Emmy Award). Additional television credits include "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill" for HBO, as well as episodes of “2 Broke Girls,” “Desperate Housewives,” and the upcoming ‘Plan Z.' For his first feature, Master Harold’ ... and the Boys, he received a Best Director Award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. His documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened premiered at the New York Film Festival and was named one of New York Times’ Top 10 Films of 2016, and his other documentary Hal Prince: The Director’s Life (PBS) was released to critical acclaim as well.


Jeff Berger

Jeff Berger has been a proud member of the New York performing arts community for almost 40 years, as a music manager, record company executive, talent agent, and for the past 19 years, talent manager and President of Jeff Berger Management. He owes his enthusiasm, drive, and energy to his wonderful clients, some of whom he has represented for more than 30 years, Jeff began his producing career at the invitation of the legendary Hal Prince, and he has a number of projects on the boards for the next two seasons.