The New York City Center Encores! gala production of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade will begin performances November 1. Brown will conduct his Tony-winning score for the entire run, which continues through November 6.
Watch the video above for a sneak peek at the company performing the songs “The Old Red Hills of Home” and “This Is Not Over Yet."
The show, directed by Michael Arden, stars Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond as Leo and Lucille Frank, respectively, along with Jay Armstrong Johnson as Britt Craig, Stranger Things and Dear Evan Hansen star Gaten Matarazzo as Frankie Epps, and Alex Joseph Grayson as Jim Conley, along with Florrie Bagel, Stacie Bono, Courtnee Carter as Angela, Eddie Cooper as Newt Lee, John Dossett as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Erin Rose Doyle as Mary Phagan, Manoel Felciano as Tom Watson, Brody Grant as Young Soldier, Danielle Lee Greaves as Minnie McKnight, Christopher Gurr as Mr. Peavy, Sean Allan Krill as Governor Slaton, Douglas Lyons as Riley, Erin Mackey as Mrs. Phagan, Ashlyn Maddox as Factory Girl, Sophia Manicone as Iola Stover, Howard McGillin as Luther Rosser, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Sally Slaton, Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey, and Sofie Poliakoff as Factory Girl.
Telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1913, Parade features a score by Brown and a book by Alfred Uhry. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1998, receiving nine 1999 Tony nominations and winning two, for its book and score. In the years since, a major revision premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2007, which later played Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum in 2009. Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti led a concert presentation in 2015 at New York City's then Avery Fisher Hall.
City Center's production is helmed by two-time Tony nominee Arden leaving a creative team that also 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.
This production of Parade was licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI).