There is a new show gracing the stage of the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, and it’s a collaboration with the renowned Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program.
“The Scottsboro Boys” runs through Feb. 23 at Beck, 17801 Detroit Ave.
Says a news release from the nonprofit organization:
With a book by David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys holds the distinction of the last production created by venerable songwriting team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. They were primarily known for stage musicals, such as the poignant Cabaret and sexy Chicago. The Scottsboro Boys is a musical with the framework of a minstrel show. This powerful musical is based on the true story of nine young black men in a landmark case that helped give rise to the civil rights movement and changed history. This production was nominated for the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Book of a Musical, as well as nominations for 2010 Tony Award Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.
“The power and relevancy of this story is felt even today. It ripples through American history and exposes an embedded problem we still have,” says director Jon Martinez, in the release. “This show pulls back the curtain and presents us with our past in the effort to not make it our future.”
For more information, visit Beck’s website or call 216-521-2540, ext. 10.