Broadway Transfer of PARADE Announced With Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond
Big news for theatre fans this morning. Parade will transfer to Broadway, starring Ben Platt as Leo Frank and Micaela Diamond as Lucille Frank, reprising their roles from the New York City Center production, which ran November 1-6. The musical will run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with previews starting February 21 ahead of a March 16 opening night.
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.
Michael Arden will again direct the production, incorporating the true-crime courtroom drama aspects of the show by using trial photography and projections. “The story of Leo Frank is more important than ever to re-examine, and it is my hope that audiences are both inspired and activated to reflect on both the past failure and the enduring promise of the complicated tapestry we call America,” said Arden.
Parade first opened on Broadway in December 1998 and won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score for composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown and Best Book of a Musical for Alfred Uhry. Before NYC, It was last seen in NYC at Lincoln Center Theater in 2015.
The creative team includes scenic designer Dane Laffrey, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Heather Gilbert, sound designer Jon Weston, projection designer Sven Ortel, choreographers Lauren Yalango-Grant and Christopher Cree Grant, music director Tom Murray, and hair and wig designer Tom Watson. Casting is by Craig Burns of Telsey + Co and Justin Scribner is the production stage manager.
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More casting and production details will be announced soon. The NYCC production starred Eddie Cooper as Newt Lee, John Dossett as Judge Roan, Erin Rose Doyle as Mary Phagan, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Britt Craig, Alex Joseph Grayson as Jim Conley, Sean Allan Krill as Governor Slaton, Gaten Matarazzo as Frankie Epps, and Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey. Rounding out the cast were Florrie Bagel, Stacie Bono, Courtnee Carter, Max Chernin, Manoel Felciano, Brody Grant, Danielle Lee Greaves, Christopher Gurr, Douglas Lyons, Erin Mackey, Ashlyn Maddox, Sophia Manicone, Howard McGillin, William Michals, Sofie Poliakoff, Jackson Teeley, and Jennifer Laura Thompson.