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The Scottsboro Boys

Aisle View: Connecting the Dots

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Dot -- which was first presented at the 2015 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, with Johnson in the title role -- is not yet quite in a finished state. The first act could use a little tightening, and there is a deceptive ending midway through the second which interrupts the momentum.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Scottsboro Boys Exonerated, But Troubling Legacy Remains for Black Men

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dennis D. Parker

Is this long overdue pardon the final word in one of the most sordid parts of our nation's history? The troubling perceptions linking people of color, particularly African Americans and more particularly black males, to criminality have persisted.

Racism, the U.S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Black president or not, juries will continue to set white perpetrators free while wrongfully convicting African Americans so long as a "jury of your peers" means an exclusively or predominately white jury.

The Scottsboro Boys Act: "What Was Once a Whisper is Now a Roar"

Catherine Schreiber | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Catherine Schreiber

Of all the shows I've worked on, The Scottsboro Boys Musical is the one I'm most passionate about because of its historical significance, its artistic brilliance, its ability to change lives, to make an impact, and to keep the conversation going.

Exhilarating Scottsboro Boys Wows San Francisco

Greg Archer | Posted 09.10.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer


UPDATE: Trey Parker, Matt Stone On 'The Daily Show'

The Huffington Post/AP | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.13.2011 | Denver

The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards earlier in the week including best musical, best director, and others. The satiric musical was a Broadway...

Beowulf Borrit on The Scottsboro Boys, Theatre, and Process

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

On December 12th, The Scottsboro Boys closed its Broadway run. Months later, Beowulf Boritt received a Tony nomination for "Best Scenic Design of a Musical" for work that used minimal elements to convey symbolism and depth.

WATCH: 2011 Tony Awards: Highlights, Holy Books And Horses

Posted 08.12.2011 | Arts

Tonight's 65th annual Tony Awards were one of the liveliest in recent memory. Returning host Neil Patrick Harris started the show off with a peppy son...

"Can We Tell It Like It Really Happened?": Race and The Scottsboro Boys

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Tom Matlack

Watching The Scottsboro Boys, I was made painfully aware of my own racism. I judge people by their skin color, their religion, their sexual orientation. The fact is, we all do; it doesn't make us bad people -- it makes us human.

The Scottsboro Boys: Making Friends With the Truth

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The play takes on a series of challenges in presenting the Depression Era story of the nine African-American teens who were falsely accused of raping two white women in the state of Alabama. Not an easy task.

Scottsboro: The Musical and the Myth

Ellen Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ellen Feldman

2010-11-15-scottsboro1.jpgThe word Scottsboro has become iconic in American lore. Everyone knows it stands for a terrible racial injustice, but these days few know the details of the incident or its long aftermath.

On the Culture Front: Antony and the Johnsons at Lincoln Center, The Scottsboro Boys, and Terra Andina Wine Dinner at Pure Thai Shophouse

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Photo: Richard Termine When Antony and the Johnsons took the stage Saturday night at Alice Tully Hall shortly after 7:30pm - which is like 5am in in...

Theater Review: "The Scottsboro Boys" Triumphs

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The true story is as unlikely a choice for a Broadway show as you can imagine: nine young black men aged 13 to 19 were arrested on trumped up rape charges in 1931 Alabama and became a national cause celeb.

The Scottsboro Boys: New Kander-Ebb Musical, Old Kander-Ebb Formula

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Time was, audiences went to musicals--more often called musical comedies then--to see famous entertainers sing great songs written by first-rate lyric...