By Gary Chattman
They glorified Roxie Hart—the murderess—in “Chicago”. The M.C. in Berlin in “Cabaret” exemplified the Nazi decadence that led to the Holocaust. They put “Zorba” to music, and they showed that the “Kiss of the Spider Woman” to men in prison could be their only path to freedom. So it’s only fitting that they should take a racist, historical situation, ripped-from-the-headlines of the early 1930’s, from Alabama and make the tragic story of the Scottsboro Boys into a minstrel show. What chutzpah!
No wonder there were protests about this show! Imagine showing Afro-Americans in the racist, depression-ridden South of the early thirties, as subservient to their white masters! Did they think the Civil War brought equality? Did they think that we are all brothers (and sisters) under God in 2010? Did they think that the moon was made out of green cheese? Continue reading