The Scottsboro Boys
Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:54 PM
And there was an added frisson tonight with the news released today that the final 3 Scottsboro Boys have had posthumous pardons granted - so finally for all 9 of them after over 80 years. It was announced at the curtain call, to wild applause. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. How often can we say that theatre really, really stirs up such emotions?
Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:00 AM
Who dare tell the lambs in Spring what fate the later season brings?
Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:05 AM
A very powerful & moving piece of theatre, and enjoyable as a musical nontheless. I disagree with fringe fan about the music, the melodies were strong & the numbers tight. In places, especially at the start, the choreography & look reminded me of Newsies a bit. One song too in particular sounded similar, will need to look that up.
The presence of the woman on stage throughout was, I thought, a subtle way of displaying reaction to the events. Whereas the men got angry, she exhibited a dignified disdain when required and nodded & approved of truths. In a show where the audience are manipulated emotionally, she was like a moral compass, if you watched her.
It is emotionally draining & very, very sad but I loved how uncomfortable & unsure I was made to feel in places, yet I left feeling uplifted that I had seen a fantastic & memorable show. One of my favourites this year.
I was upstairs at the side (front row) and despite little leg room, the view was fine.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:55 AM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:14 AM
That wasn't me, I was gasping at the matinee...!
Posted Yesterday, 11:58 PM
Take it as read that the cast, the orchestra, the crew and the production as a whole is more than excellent.
Incidentally (spoilers), here’s how I read the woman and the ending. There was racial injustice in the 1930s, and that was truly terrible. We’ve progressed – we’ve got a black president. That means it just as easily could have ended with one of the characters playing Obama and it end with him swearing the presidential oath. But had we ended that way it would have suggested that’s that. To end with Rosa Parks – a symbol of defiance, racism and change – is to end on a question mark as opposed to a full stop. It’s all the more powerful for it.
Posted Today, 01:25 AM
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