Full casting has been announced for City Center's upcoming gala production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade, which will star Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond as Leo and Lucille Frank, respectively, as previously announced. The musical will give a benefit performance November 1 and continue through November 6.
Newly joining the company are 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, Grace McLean 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 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 will be helmed by two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening). Newly joining the creative team are 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).