Stage Door Speed Round: PARADE’s Gaten Matarazzo
From the Upside Down to New York City Center, Gaten Matarazzo has traveled far and wide for his fans. Thankfully, Theatrely was able to catch him outside the famed Midtown theatre while the Broadway alum was starring as Frankie Epps in Parade for a limited time.
The musical, running through November 6, 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 pencil factory manager in Georgia, is accused of killing a 13-year old girl.
In addition to Matarazzo, Parade stars Ben Platt as Leo Frank, Micaela Diamond as Lucille Frank, 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, and Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey.
Michael Arden directs the production, incorporating the true-crime courtroom drama aspects of the show by using trial photography and projections. Composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown conducts an orchestra of 24 on stage.
Rounding out the cast are Florrie Bagel as Nurse, Stacie Bono as Nina Formby, Courtnee Carter as Angela, Max Chernin as Mr. Turner, Manoel Felciano as Tom Watson, Brody Grant as Young Soldier, Danielle Lee Greaves as Minnie McKnight, Christopher Gurr as Mr. Peavy, Douglas Lyons as Riley, Erin Mackey as Mrs. Phagan, Ashlyn Maddox as Lila/Monteen, Sophia Manicone as Iola Stover, Howard McGillin as Luther Rosser, William Michals as Lt. Starnes, Sofie Poliakoff as Essie, Jackson Teeley as Officer Ivey, and Jennifer Laura Thompson as Sally Slaton.
Parade first opened on Broadway in December 1998 and won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score for Brown and Best Book of a Musical for Alfred Uhry. 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 Scott Lehrer, projection designer Sven Ortel, choreographer Cree Grant, and music director Tom Murray.
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(Video production by Brandon Schwartz)