Commercial transfer opens at the Lyceum in October
“The Scottsboro Boys” has nailed down its Broadway dates, with the tuner set for a fall opening at the Lyceum Theater.The musical has been tipped for Broadway since its well-received preem this spring at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater. Although there was talk of a Main Stem transfer for the 2009-10 season, the theater logjam prevented a quick move. Tuner will play at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis July 31-Sept. 25 ahead of its Broadway berth, which begins previews Oct. 7 ahead of an Oct. 31 opening. Musical is the final work to hit the stage from John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, the songwriting duo behind tuners such as “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the show, which has a book by David Thompson. Plot follows the true story of nine young black men falsely accused of raping two white women, ironically retold in the style of a minstrel show. No casting has been announced for the Main Stem incarnation of “Scottsboro.” One of the Vineyard staging’s topliners, Brandon Victor Dixon, has since been cast as Ray Charles in “Unchain My Heart,” another tuner set to play the Rialto in the fall. On the Main Stem, “Scottsboro” is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler (“Chicago”), Jacki Barlia Florin and the Vineyard.