Broadway Revival of PARADE Will Release Cast Album Very Soon
The cast of a critically acclaimed Broadway revival stopped by the recording studios recently and the LP is coming soon. An Original Broadway Cast Recording for Parade, starring Ben Platt and Michaela Diamond, will be released March 23 from Interscope Records.
Parade began previews February 21 at the Jacobs Theatre and opened March 16. In his review for Theatrely, Kobi Kassal wrote, “...there is a reason Broadway has hungered so long for the show's return. The powerful musical is a reminder that theatre is a beautiful art form that can speak so eloquently to the current times.”
The musical follows the true-life story of Leo Frank and his wife Lucille in the lead-up to and aftermath of a murder trial in which Leo, a Jewish man who works as a factory manager in southern Georgia, is accused of killing a 13-year-old girl.
In addition to Platt as Leo and Diamond as Lucille, the 30-plus-person cast features Alex Joseph Grayson as Jim Conley, Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Britt Craig, Kelli Barrett as Mrs. Phagan, Courtnee Carter as Angela, Eddie Cooper as Newt Lee, Erin Rose Doyle as Mary Phagan, Douglas Lyons as Riley, Danielle Lee Greaves as Minnie McKnight, and Jake Pedersen as Frankie Epps, along with Tony nominees Sean Allan Krill as Governor Slaton, Howard McGillin as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, and Manoel Felciano as Tom Watson.
The cast is completed by Florrie Bagel as Nurse, Stacie Bono as Sally Slaton, Max Chernin as Mr. Turner, Emily Rose DeMartino as Essie & Others, Christopher Gurr as Luther Rosser/Mr. Peavy, Beth Kirkpatrick as Nina Formby, Ashlyn Maddox as Monteen & Others, Sophia Manicone as Iola Stover, William Michals as Detective Starnes, Jackson Teeley as Officer Ivey, and Charlie Webb as Young Soldier.
Michael Arden directs the Seaview and Ambassador Theatre Group co-production, incorporating the true-crime courtroom drama aspects of the show by using trial photography and projections.
Parade first opened on Broadway in December 1998 and won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score for Jason Robert Brown and Best Book of a Musical for Alfred Uhry. To pre-order the album, click here.