After being on the Broadway stage for just a little over a month, the musical The Scottsboro Boys
will be closing on December 12th. The Scottsboro Boys
told the true, horrific story of nine Black teenagers who were wrongfully accused of raping two White women in 1930s Alabama.
Set as a minstrel show, the production caused controversy, mainly due to the cast appearing in blackface, which was only for a few moments. Some protested, picketing outside of the venue. However, many criticized the protesters by saying they had not seen the show.
Nonetheless, even with praise from Julian Bond
and Whoopi Goldberg
, the last Scottsboro Boys
performance will be December 12th. Bloomberg.com reports the show will close at a $5 million loss. Regardless of protesters, the show is closing mainly because of low ticket sales. Rumor has it, Lee Daniels might be interested in making The Scottsboro Boys
into a film.
I reviewed the production earlier last month
. It was jarring to see blackface and I was unsure if minstrelsy was an appropriate way to tell one of the most grisly moments in American history. Nonetheless, this was a good show with excellent performers. It is still worth it to check out.
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