Loop On Location: “Scottsboro Boys” Light Up Los Angeles
Race and rhythm collide in the musical inspired by the Scottsboro Boys trial.
When it comes to justice “better late than never” doesn’t always apply, especially when it comes to the tumultuous trial of the Scottsboro Boys. The landmark case, where nine black boys were falsely accused of raping two white women on a freight car in 1935, gained national attention during the Jim Crow era, and is currently the inspiration for a Tony-nominated musical currently at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
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The brainchild of musical veterans John Kander and Fred Ebb, “The Scottsboro Boys” delicately balances large-scale song and dance numbers with the sensitive subject matter, sending audiences on an emotional journey that is energetic, uncomfortable, heart-wrenching, but above all, honest. Using sophisticated satire and a versatile, talented cast, the production doesn’t hold back when addressing racial inequalities and the flawed, biased justice system.
Loop21 bore witness to the dynamic opening night performance of “The Scottsboro Boys,” which you can see in the photos above. The show will be at the Ahmanson Theatre through June 30.
For more information on the musical, visit the Center Theatre Group here.
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