The Scottsboro Boys

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Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman

Director Brandon Jackson
Music Director Diana Lee
Choreographer Kimberly B. Valmore

MAY 4-21, 2023
Gateway Theatre, San Francisco

With a score of exhilarating up-tempos and heart-wrenching ballads, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS portrays the haunting history of the infamous 1930s Scottsboro case, in which a group of nine black teenagers were arrested, charged, and convicted of the rape of two white women, without evidence, proof, or due process. In this breathtaking musical critique of racism in America, the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb (CABARET, CHICAGO) craft a remarkable piece of musical theater, with songs and dance inspired by the period, to share a profound story of nine men in Alabama whose bravery in the face of adversity helped spark the American Civil Rights movement and changed the course of history.

Stage Manager Genevieve Pabón* • Assistant Stage Manager Emma Gifford*
Lighting Designer Sean Keehan • Costume Designer Rachael Heiman
Scenic Designer/Technical Director Stewart Lyle

MEET THE CAST • Click on names for bios

Alejandro (He/Him/His) is an Actor, Singer, and Flautist, and is excited to return to 42nd St. Moon. His work includes GYPSY IN CONCERT as L.A. (42nd Street Moon). He was most recently seen playing the lead role of Adam in THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Town Hall Theatre). Other credits include Chip Tolentino in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Cinnabar Theater), Angel Alt/Ensemble in RENT (Landmark Musical Theatre), and Daniel Beauxhomme in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Plethos Productions). His most recent film works include the independent feature, Catalyst, directed by Award winning and the Emmy nominated, Christopher Folkens, which is projected to be released 2023. He strives to change the world through his artistry one audience member at a time. He expresses his gratitude to God, his support system, and the audience members that continue to support live theatre! IG: @z_alejandro20

(He/Him) Michael’s very first show with 42nd Street Moon was way back in 2003, playing the title role in FINIAN’S RAINBOW! He is deeply honored to be part of the rich and creative history of 42nd Street Moon. Some of his favorite Moon shows include: JUBILEE, MACK & MABEL, NO, NO NANETTE, and ME AND MY GIRL. In the summer of 2019 Michael performed his one-man show, THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER right here on the squeaky boards of the Gateway Theatre. Other Bay Area theatre companies he has worked with include: Word for Word, Aurora Theatre Co., San Jose Stage Co., Shotgun Players, Contra Costa Musical Theatre and Center Rep. Michael has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1997.

Jaiden Griffin (He/Him) is thrilled to be making his professional debut in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS! A student of the arts, Jaiden will be attending Chico State University this fall to pursue his Musical Theatre BFA. In his free time he enjoys working out, traveling and listening to music. He would like to thank his family, friends, coach, and all those involved in the production for making this incredible experience.

Mr. Bones
Albert is thrilled to be making his 42nd Street Moon debut in this piece, at this time, and with this incredible group of people. He most recently appeared as Pierre in the West Coast premiere of NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 with Shotgun Players. Other favorite roles include Tom Collins in RENT (LMT), Narrator in PASSING STRANGE (Shotgun), Eddie/Dr. Scott in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (ROLT), and Horse in THE FULL MONTY (BAM). He is proud to have been a member of the final cast of Steve Silver’s BEACH BLANKET BABYLON (after a run of twenty years with the show).

The Lady
Elizabeth is ecstatic to be making her Moon Debut! Elizabeth grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts. Elizabeth was recently seen in the world premiere of A.C.T.’s YA production of THE CODE BY THE KILBANES, Claudette in Theatre Rhino’s HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU, Nancy/Boz in Center REP’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Radio in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Ray of Light) and Motormouth Maybelle in Bay Area Musical’s production of HAIRSPRAY. Some other theatre credits include, Lady O in THE RIGHT NOTE (Spare Stage), Darlene in DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS (Ubuntu Theater Project), Deloris Van Cartier in SISTER ACT! (Berkeley Playhouse) Ronnette in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Contra Costa Musical Theatre). Elizabeth sends love to her daughter Caira and thanks God, family and friends for their support. Follow Elizabeth on instagram @elizasenoj.

Kahlil (he/him) is excited to be in his first show with 42nd Street Moon. Past projects include THE CODE (Anthony) and INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella’s Prince) at ACT’s Young Conservatory, RAGTIME (Coalhouse), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Charles) and RENT (Collins) at YMTC, LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean) and A CHORUS LINE (Zach) at Berkeley Playhouse Teenstage, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Agwe) at Plethos Productions, THE AMEN CORNER at AlterTheater, THE GATHERING (Michael) with Jones Street Productions, QUEENIE PIE with Oakland Opera Theater, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Joe) at Pacific Conservatory Theatre, SHOW BOAT at San Francisco Opera and writing and performing the monologue “6 Steps on How to Crack a Relationship (Quarantine Edition)” for NEIGHBORHOOD STORIES. Much love to Mom and Daniel; thank you for infusing me with my appreciation for the theater.

Miles (he/him) is a Sacramento native, who is excited to be making his 42nd Street Moon Debut! He can’t wait to bring this story to the Bay Area. He hopes to speak life into these boys’ stories and inspire dialogue about systemic/social racism and prejudice that still plague the lives of marginalized people to this day. All aboard the Southern Railroad line for a journey that will change your life forever. His Regional credits include Sierra Rep: West Coast Premiere of ELVIS THE MUSICAL, Center REP: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Berkeley Playhouse: IN THE HEIGHTS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Woodminster Summer Musicals: ON YOUR FEET, Sacramento Theatre Company: MAMMA MIA, HMS PINAFORE, Classic Theatre: THE GIFT OF MAGI. He thanks his family and friends for the love and support. For more on his journey follow him on Instagram @Leroi23

Royal is honored to be joining 42nd Street Moon for this production. He has previously performed in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE with Ray of Light Theatre in 2019. His other credits include: Christian Bechdel in FUN HOME with 42nd Street Moon (2022); and a workshop of EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT with SFBATCO as Donte (2022). He attends Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Royal would like to thank his parents for their love and support.

Marcus (he/him) is thrilled to make his 42nd Street Moon debut. A Los Angeles-born singer and actor with conservatory training, Mr. Paige has performed with many companies of note including, Virginia Musical Theatre, Festival Opera, and Shea’s Performing Arts Center in New York. Regional credits include, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Agwe), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie), Benjamin Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Male Chorus), and the play, DOT (Donnie) written by Colman Domingo. A winner in the Mirabel Schloß competition in Salzburg, Austria, his international credits include ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Brighella & Tanzmeister), and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Monostatos) in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Paige can also be heard singing on Disney Channel’s animated series, “MILO MURPHY’S LAW” (Zack), leading the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s UNBREAKABLE (Man 1), and the world premiere of I, TOO, SING AMERICA, both now available on streaming platforms.

JD is back again at Moon! He is proud and honored to be a part of this powerful piece of storytelling and to be amongst an amazing stellar cast to bring this story to life. He was last seen at Moon in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Some of his past credits: HOT MIKADO, SCROOGE IN LOVE, TITANIC IN CONCERT (42nd Street Moon), TWELFTH NIGHT (SF Playhouse), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Woodminster Musicals) National Tour: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL. His hope is that everyone after seeng this piece will leave the theatre with more soul and humanity than they did before.

Mr. Tambo
Anthony is a native San Franciscan performer of both stage and independent film for many years here in the bay area. His theatrical credits include: Buddy Plummer in FOLLIES, Narrator/Mysterious Man in INTO THE WOODS, Sheriff in the west coast premiere of GROUNDHOG DAY, Willie in THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Toad in “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD”, Louis Armstrong in “ELLA, THE MUSICAL”, Tom Collins in RENT, Fred in “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE”, Willie in “MASTER HAROLD…AND THE BOYS”,and Waymon as Hunter Priestess in GOOD GOODS. Anthony has had the joy of working with many storytelling companies, including ACT, Berkeley Playhouse, SF Playhouse, the New Conservatory Theater Center,Oakland Theater Project, Center REPertory Company of Walnut Creek. Please visit Anthony’s website:

Mercury is glad to be working and making his debut with 42nd Street Moon. Most recently performed in Panto in the Presidio’s SLEEPING BEAUTY as Prince Prince. Van Sciver received his college training at The Juilliard School and earned his BFA from Dominican University. While in school, he danced with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera’s production of Moby Dick, and received awards and scholarships from the Dizzy Feet Foundation, the Chris Helman Award, and Princess Grace Awards. Upon graduating, Van Sciver joined Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, touring internationally for over six years. In 2018, he joined the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as well as Sister Magic Productions. The following year, he joined the chorus’ a capella group, HomoPhonics, in which he’s been able to sing, dance, and choreograph. Van Sciver would like to thank everyone near, far and wide for being a part of his journey and appreciates the opportunity to show himself and his love of life. Much love.

Dedrick (he/him)is a 2022 Emmy Award Winner for Best Interview Discussion with Theatre Corner on PBS/KPBS – the episode is still available on the PBS app under season two. A Broadway World Winner for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Dedrick is excited to make his 42nd Street Moon debut.
Favorite roles include: Regional/Tour: DREAMGIRLS (Jimmy James Thunder Early); RAGTIME (Coalhouse Walker, Jr); RENT (Angel); IN THE HEIGHTS (Benny); HAIRSPRAY (Seaweed); THE FANTASTICKS (El Gallo); THE MUSIC MAN (Harold Hill); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Don Pedro); THE MOUNTAINTOP (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr) and REMEMBERING JAMES – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JAMES BROWN (James Brown).,

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The Ensemble

Marcus J. Paige

Albert Hodge and Alejandro Eustaquio

Dedrick Weathersby

Albert Hodge

Jon-David Randle and Alejandro Eustaquio