The Scottsboro Boys Reviews

Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

"The Scottsboro Boys"
156 ratings
4.0 average rating
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97 events
57 reviews
32 stars
attended May 24 2013

The subject is the true story of nine black young men accused of raping two white women while riding a box car in the early 30s. They are convicted and sentenced to death, but rescued from the gallows by a landmark Supreme Court opinion. But...continued

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69 events
52 reviews
178 stars
attended May 26 2013

I found the story not nice, even if true the cast jumping around in song and dance , while waiting to be railroaded to a hanging.

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75 events
39 reviews
55 stars
attended May 24 2013

Interesting play, with an interesting post-play discussion. The real events of The Scostsboro Boys were brought to stage through minstrelsy, which rubbed me the wrong way. The post-play discussion enlightened me to why this creative choice was...continued

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125 events
34 reviews
53 stars
attended Jun 26 2013

excellent show and great seats

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Karen661 Red Velvet
85 events
21 reviews
18 stars
attended Jun 01 2013

Excellent production and a great cast. Very interesting presentation of a serious subject done as a minstrel show. The staging was amazing, done only with chairs and boards. Cast got a standing ovation!
It was a little difficult to understand all...continued

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Beverly D. Red Velvet
46 events
21 reviews
32 stars
attended May 25 2013

I really did not know the story, but I am so glad I saw the show. It was very good - minimalist set - just great singing and dancing. The ending was powerful. Would recommend to anyone.

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38 events
14 reviews
13 stars
attended Jun 16 2013

Sorry for the low`attendance.
I t's a terrific performance.
Couldn't understand a lot but got the gist of it.
The theater has its own problems. i haven't like it for years.
Ever since you produced The Little Foxes`with Elzabeth Taylor and bro.ught...continued

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24 events
13 reviews
14 stars
attended Jun 11 2013

Very good and powerful show.

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54 events
11 reviews
9 stars
attended May 29 2013

The show is well staged, sung, and acted but it never took off for me. The vaudeville style worked in Cabaret and Chicago but didn't work with this subject matter - at least for me.

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33 events
9 reviews
12 stars
attended Jun 26 2013

Enjoyed the show, lots of talent. At times the spoofing and humor seemed inappropriate given the subject matter but overall it was great theater.

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29 events
8 reviews
8 stars
attended May 25 2013

The quality of the performance, including some excellent dance, was quite good. The subject matter was uncomfortable--which is precisely what the author wanted. So people who want a serious experience will like it better than those who just want...continued

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36 events
6 reviews
12 stars
attended Jun 16 2013

Really enjoyed the Scottsboro Boys.

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78 events
3 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 28 2013

Scottsboro Boys was FANTASTIC! Truly awesome! I would highly recommend this show. Dancing and singing were superb. The subject is intense so be prepared for that.. but it's presented in an amazing way.

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128 events
92 reviews
192 stars
attended Jun 06 2013

"The Scottsboro Boys" tells the story of the Scottsboro trials of the 1930s using a minstrel show as the vehicle. The prologue confused me, but once the story kicked in, I found the show fascinating. Clever use of only a few set pieces and the...continued

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113 events
68 reviews
3 stars
attended May 23 2013

This was my second time seeing Scottsboro Boys...I saw it in San Diego last year not knowing if it would come to L.A. When I saw it announced at the Ahmanson I knew I would want to revisit it. Words are almost beyond me. This is an exceptional...continued

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81 events
66 reviews
35 stars
attended Jun 29 2013

Good story, but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me.
Singing was good, but the songs weren’t “Wow I have to go get the CD”
I think if they just stuck to the story and spent a little more time to make it stronger, it might have been a great...continued

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87 events
64 reviews
19 stars
attended Jun 08 2013

Excellent musical full of surprising twist and turns (which includes Vaudeville Turns). Incisive, gripping, entertaining as hell.

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Tina Gustin-Gurney
82 events
38 reviews
25 stars
attended Jun 15 2013

Brilliant, disturbing, thought provoking, entertaining. My group talked and talked about the power of this play. I went home and had to read more about the obvious choices that were made about how to use certain theatrical devices. Incredible. ...continued

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42 events
34 reviews
8 stars
attended May 24 2013

I loved it. The talent was incredible.....fabulous dancing/choreography. And the score was beautiful, too. I liked the "surprise" elements of unusual casting and a rather mysterious cast member. Might be confusing to some (my date) but I enjoyed...continued

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43 events
32 reviews
22 stars
attended Jun 07 2013

Excellent show! Some may find it controversial, but I LOVE this musical! I had never heard of the Scottsboro Boys and I am grateful I saw this musical because I read up on them after watching this performance. The actors were stellar! One of my...continued

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