The Scottsboro Boys Amongst the Winners of the Evening Standard Awards
It’s time for awards season to gradually begin in the capital as the Evening Standard Award winners were announced at a ceremony at the London Palladium on Sunday night. A wide range of well known productions were honoured with gongs and among them were three acclaimed west end shows.
The Garrick Theatre’s The Scottsboro Boys picked up the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical, whilst Jeremy Herrin won the Milton Shulman Award for Best Director thanks to his work with Wolf Hall and its sequel show Bring Up The Bodies, both at the Aldwych Theatre. Meanwhile, Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre was granted the Revival of the Year Award.
Other shows that won awards around the capital included Wonderland, Dogfight, Here Lies Love, Kate Bush: Before The Dawn, American Pyscho, The James Plays, Coriolanus and A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Scottsboro Boys, which continues at the Garrick Theatre until February, appeared at the Young Vic prior to its West End transfer. It is directed by Susan Stroman and features songs from Kander and Ebb, best known for their work on Chicago and Cabaret.
It tells the real life story of the Scottsboro Boys, a group of African American men that travel by train through Alabama in the 1930s. They are hoping to find a better life at the end of the tracks but instead all nine are accused of rape by two white women, leading to one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in American history. Despite an absence of evidence, an all-white jury convicts them in a case that will have a profound effect in the 20th century.
It features various musical numbers ranging from Alabama Ladies and Commencing In Chattanooga to Electric Chair and Southern Days.
The musical was also seen on Broadway, also under the direction of Stroman, and earned a Laurence Olivier Award nomination when it landed on this side of the Atlantic late in 2013.
The Scottsboro Boys continues at the Garrick Theatre and it is currently booking there for dates up to Saturday 21st February 2015.
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