Review: "The Scottsboro Boys" @ Porchlight Musical Theatre / by Jerald Pierce

There are some stories that are so powerful they transcend the storyteller. John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics)—in their final collaboration before Ebb’s death in 2004—along with David Thompson’s book present that story in their retelling of the events surrounding the Scottsboro Boys. It’s because of this that I sit here conflicted as I write. This story, especially today, especially in this country, needs to be told and has to be seen. The importance of the idea of standing up for what is right in the face of injustice, and drawing inspiration from those who stood before us while also becoming an inspiration for those who will stand after us cannot be oversold. The problem with Porchlight’s production of The Scottsboro Boys is just that: the production.

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