Forrest McClendon (Mr Tambo) and Colman Domingo (Mr Bones) will reprise their roles
Forrest McClendon (Mr Tambo) and Colman Domingo (Mr Bones) will reprise their roles
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Initial casting has been announced for the West End transfer of The Scottsboro Boys.

Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production and is currently starring in Motown The Musical on Broadway, will make his West End debut.

Returning after their acclaimed performances at The Young Vic are the American cast members Colman Domingo as Mr Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr Tambo and James T Lane as Ozie Powell. Game of Thrones star Julian Glover will reprise his role as The Interlocutor.

They will appear alongside Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock and Carl Spencer at the Garrick Theatre from 4 October 2014.

Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers and Bullets Over Broadway) The Scottsboro Boys is the final musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the creators of Chicago and Cabaret.

It tells the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, who were wrongly accused of an unspeakable crime in 1931 Alabama; their trial would divide a nation.