John Cullum will star in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys at the Vineyard Theatre (NY), beginning Feb. 12, 2010. Susan Stroman directs.

 

From Playbill.com: The Vineyard Theatre has announced dates for the upcoming world premiere of Kander & Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, directed by Susan Stroman. The musical, previously announced for a developmental run, will instead enjoy a fully-staged production by the Off-Broadway not-for-profit.

Featuring music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and a book by David Thompson, the musical will begin previews Feb. 12, 2010 and open March 10 at the downtown venue. Musical direction is by David Loud.

The Scottsboro Boys, according to an announcement, "explores the famous 'Scottsboro' case of the 1930s in which a group of young African American teenagers were unjustly accused of attacking two women and the boys' attempts to prove their innocence." Billed as a "new musical," the work was one of the final collaborations from the famed songwriting team before Ebb's death.

Tickets to The Scottsboro Boys at The Vineyard Theatre, will go on sale Jan. 4, 2010. For more information, call 212-353-0303 or visit VineyardTheatre.org

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Mr. Cullum is also expected to be in the cast of Prince and Stroman's PARADISE FOUND

 

In an interview with The New York Post, legendary director Harold Prince talked about his new musical, PARADISE FOUND, hopefully headed to Broadway. Mr. Cullum had participated in an earlier Manhattan reading and Mr. Prince included Mr. Cullum among the musical's likely stars when he talked to the Post. See Playbill.com - Harold Prince Will Direct Paradise Found

 

Since then, plans have been made for an initial run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in Spring 2010, and then a transfer to Broadway. See Playbill, Harold Prince to Direct Paradise Found in London Prior to New York Bow (...the cast will likely boast John Cullum, Mandy Patinkin, Shuler Hensley, Judy Kaye and Emily Skinner. A seven-week run is expected at the London venue with rehearsals commencing in mid-April 2010...).

PARADISE FOUND is inspired by Joseph Roth's novel, "The Tale of the 1002nd Night," set in Vienna. The libretto is by Richard Nelson, music by the "waltz king" Johann Strauss II and Jonathan Tunick, and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh. Charles Prince is music director. Co-directed by Harold Prince and Susan Stroman.

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Left - John Cullum in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Right - John Cullum in HEROES (Photo by Theresa Squire)

 

John Cullum Leads A Double Life Onstage

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Mr. Cullum recently portrayed the family patriarch in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. This darkly comic drama won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. (Mr. Cullum continued to perform in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY during the recent off-Broadway run of HEROES presented by The Keen Company.)

Playbill: Cullum Is New Patriarch of Osage County Starting Nov. 11

Playbill: Broadway's August Feb. 3 the 500th Performance

 

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Mr. Cullum made three appearances last season and one so far this season on LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT as Barry Moredock (once called "that Tennessee weasel" by Fred Thompson's character on the show -- ironic since both actors hail from Tennessee). Moredock has since been promoted from defense attorney (and First Amendment scholar/law professor) to judge, so more episodes may be in store!


Mr. Cullum also appeared in the Thanksgiving episode of the ABC comedy THE MIDDLE, as the children's eccentric grandfather.

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American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theater video series (taped Feb. 2009)

Stage Veterans who are Working in the Theatre

With more than 200 years of combined theatre experience among them, our guests - stage veterans Philip Bosco, John Cullum, Marian Seldes and Carole Shelley - discuss the breaks that got each of their careers started; how they handle the situation on stage when they or their co-stars forget their lines; how they feel about serving as understudies; the audition process; their successes and failures; and they share stories of working with such

other legends as Sir John Gielgud, Joseph Papp, Morris Carnovsky, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Geraldine Page, George Cukor, Myron McCormick and Ruth Gordon.

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In January 2008, John Cullum was inducted into the THEATRE HALL OF FAME! Members' names are displayed on the walls of the Gershwin Theater's upper lobby, where the ceremony was held. The complete list of Theater Hall of Fame members is published annually in "The Best Plays Theater Yearbook." Criteria for consideration include a minimum of five major credits in the American theater over a career of at least 25 years. Each year, 60 to 70 nominees are put before an electorate of about 350, made up of members of the Hall of Fame, members of the nation-wide American Theatre Critics Association, and selected other industry leaders, journalists and theater historians.

Members of the Theater Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame: theater veterans get a night in limelight (Coverage of the ceremony, including remarks)

Theater Hall of Fame Inducts Fierstein, Cullum & More (Photos)
Tommy Tune to Host Theater Hall of Fame Ceremony; Prince and Nichols to Present

Fierstein, O'Brien, Cullum and Ivey Among Theater Hall of Fame Inductees

 

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In 2007, Mr. Cullum received his 5th Tony nomination for playing Audra McDonald's father in the acclaimed Roundabout Theatre revival of 110 IN THE SHADE, and they performed on the Tony Awards broadcast together. (Fans will want to add the show's CD to their collection!)

 

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