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The Scottsboro Boys


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Project D.A.T.E.

Direct Access Theatre Experience
June 29, 2013
On Sale: March 5, 2013

Performance Length

1 hr 45 mins
No intermission

Be Aware

This production contains strobe lights and recorded gun shots.

Recommended for children age 16+. Mature content, racial themes

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.


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From the creators of Chicago and Cabaret

The music will thrill you.
The story will change you.  


“…don't miss the opportunity to catch one of the most inventive American musicals to come around in a long while.”  Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times.  READ MORE

Another rave from Orange County Register:

“Kander and Ebb don't sugar-coat anything. But they somehow tell an almost unbearably sad tale while keeping you riveted until the end. ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ works as a history lesson, never panders, and even gives you some catchy tunes to hum on the drive home. It's a thrilling feat and a fitting goodbye from one of Broadway's greatest teams.” – Paul Hodgins


Truth, Justice and the Persistence of Memory: Reassessing the Case of The Scottsboro Boys

By Lynell George.  In March of 1931, nine black youths, aimed toward nine different paths, hopped a freight train snaking through the Southern belly of the United States. When they would disembark — miles and miles before reaching their intended destinations — those nine lives would be forever, inextricably linked. Read more.


The Scottsboro BoysA look at some quick scenes from The Scottsboro Boys.




The final collaboration by musical theatre giants Kander & Ebb is their most daring, original and rewarding.





The Scottsboro Boys will have you tapping your toes and hollering for justice as the tables are turned on one of the most infamous events in American history: nine African American men accused of a crime they did not commit. 

“The best new musical of the year. A cause for rejoicing! Stunning!”
- Entertainment Weekly

This wildly entertaining show shocks and delights, and reverberates with glorious music, inspired storytelling, innovative staging and extraordinary performances. You’ll rejoice at the emotionally-charged power of The Scottsboro Boys.

“The fearlessly inventive show left me feeling elevated as only original works of art can.”
Los Angeles Times

Five-time Tony Award®-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) directs and choreographs with a book by David Thompson (Chicago revival) and music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb.

“It is impossible not to be thrilled.”
-The Wall Street Journal


After 82 Years, Lawmakers vote to pardon the Scottsboro Boys


The legacy of the Scottsboro Boys is secure. Alabama is now moving to repair its own legacy and correct past injustices…

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Joshua Henry reprises his Tony-nominated role

LA Times Feature article by Barbara Isenberg: Actor Joshua Henry admits he didn't know much about the Scottsboro defendants before auditioning to play one of them in the musical "The Scottsboro Boys." But the scenes he received to prepare for that audition were powerful. As for the "gorgeous" song excerpts from songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, Henry says, "I thought to myself, 'I'd like to be singing these songs eight times a week.'" He did just that when… read more online 



The Scottsboro BoysWatch  TheScottsboro Boys performance at the 2011 Tony Awards



The Scottsboro Boys 2010 Broadway Cast Recording





"It knocked me out. Probably the best show I've seen in 10 years." - Whoopi Goldberg





  • Book by
    David Thompson
  • Directed and Choreographed by
    Susan Stroman
  • Music and Lyrics by
    John Kander and Fred Ebb


The Los Angeles production of The Scottsboro Boys is generously supported in part by Artistic Director’s Circle member Judie Stein and Stein Family Foundation.