John Cullum is getting ready to rejoin the cast of "Scottsboro Boys," the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical which was developed, and performed at the Vineyard Theater, last spring. The show is re-opening on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater, starting previews October 7th.
Emily Frankel enjoys John's pre-rehearsal process, and gets John to explain what he has to do in order to remember lines and choreography. John, of course, wants to keep his role "fresh," not just repeat what he did before, but recreate his part as the Interlocutor of the minstrel show, which is the theme, the concept of this musical.
One of his songs, though cut for a good reason (the producers and Kander felt it distracted from the end of the drama), is a favorite of Emily's. She asks John Cullum to sing a bit of it.
It's a special treat in this video on how Broadway Star Cullum prepares to open again on Broadway.