The Scottsboro Boys extends by two weeks

The Vineyard Theatre has announced that the world premiere of The Scottsboro Boys - the new musical by the legendary composer/lyricist team of John Kander and Fred Ebb - has extended its run by two weeks and will now play through to 18 Apr 2010.

The Scottsboro Boys began previews at the Vineyard Theatre on 12 Feb 2010, and opens on 10 Mar. The musical was originally scheduled to close on 4 Apr 2010.

The Scottsboro Boys has book by David Thompson and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, and features a cast which includes: Sean Bradford, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, John Cullum, Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones, Forrest McClendon, Julius Thomas III, Sharon Washington, Cody Ryan Wise and Christian Dante White.

With music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys is a new musical that explores the infamous 1930's 'Scottsboro Case', in which a group of innocent African-American teenagers are falsely accused of a terrible crime - ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American Civil Rights movement.

The Scottsboro Boys reunites Vineyard Theatre with John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman -- who along with the late Fred Ebb -- previously collaborated on The Vineyard's revival of 'Flora, The Red Menace' in 1987.

The legendary collaboration of John Kander and Fred Ebb over four decades resulted in some of the most beloved and enduring musicals in theatre history: from 'Flora, The Red Menace' to 'Cabaret' (Tony Award), 'Zorba', 'Chicago' and 'Woman of the Year' (Tony Award); to 'Kiss of the Spider Woman,' (Tony Award), 'Curtains,' 'The Visit' and 'All About Us.'

David Thompson is a Tony Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical for 'Steel Pier.' His other credits include the script adaptation for 'Chicago' and the musical 'The World Goes 'Round,' a musical revue of the songs of Kander and Ebb. In addition, he has written new librettos for the revival of 'Flora, The Red Menace' and Jerry Herman's 'Dear World.'

Susan Stroman won two Tony Awards as director and choreographer of 'The Producers.' She co-created, directed and choreographed 'Contact' for Lincoln Center Theater (Tony Award, Best Choreography). Other Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein,', 'Happiness,' 'Oklahoma!,' 'The Music Man,' 'Steel Pier,' 'Show Boat' (Tony Award), and 'Crazy For You' (Tony Award). Off-Broadway productions include 'And the World Goes 'Round' and 'Flora, The Red Menace' at The Vineyard.

With music direction and vocal arrangements by David Loud and orchestrations by Larry Hochman, the design team for The Scottsboro Boys features Beowulf Boritt (Scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (Costume design), Kevin Adams (Lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (Sound design).