After a couple of weeks of undernourished and uninspired wannabe musicals, how utterly blissful it was to be in the presence of the Real Thing. The Scottsboro Boys not only has an important story to tell - it knows how to tell it. Slick and professional and wildly entertaining yet deeply affecting, evoking anger and tears. Doing everything the musical theatre is capable of doing - and is supposed to do.
The conception of the piece is brilliant. The Minstrel Show format is the perfect way to frame this story and it is a totally realized idea, in no way detracting from the reality of the tale but, instead, giving it a kind of amplified life and driving home the awful truths it has to expose.
A great Kander and Ebb score, an intelligent and eminently theatrical book by David Thompson, thrilling directon and choreography from Susan Stroman. And a brilliant cast, top to bottom. If there is a must-see show in London at the moment it is this one.
IanMember Since 12 Feb 2007
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