Full Casting Announced for Parade Concert, Starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti
Jason Robert Brown's musical returns for one night only.
As previously announced, the concert will star Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as Leo Frank and Tony winner Laura Benanti as Lucille Frank. The cast will also feature Katie Rose Clarke as Mrs. Phagan, John Ellison Conlee as Hugh Dorsey, Charlie Franklin as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Davis Gaines as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Jim Conley, Caitlin Houlahan as Iola Stover, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Minnie McKnight/Angela/Nina Formby, Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo as Tom Watson, Andy Mientus as Britt Craig, Nathaniel Stampley as Newt Lee/Riley, and Emerson Steele as Mary Phagan.
Newly named cast members are Ephie Aardema as Monteen, Eric Anderson as Officer Starnes/Middle-Aged Man From Valdosta/Chain Gang Guard, Rachel de Benedet as Sally Slaton, Alan Campbell as Governor John Slaton, Alvin Crawford as Newt Lee/Riley, John Jellison as Luther Rosser/Mr. Peavy, Eric Leviton as Policeman/Prison Guard/Jury Foreman, and Allie Trimm as Essie.
The one-night-only concert comes on the heels of MCP's acclaimed stagings of Titanic and Ragtime. Griffin, who directs the concert, also serves as the director of Brown's Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. Brown, who won a Tony Award for his Parade score in 1999, will serve as the concert's musical director.
The creative team will include Tom Murray (music supervisor), Beowulf Boritt (set designer), Jeff Croiter (lighting designer), and Jon Weston (sound designer).
Parade, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 1998, dramatizes the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering his 13-year-old employee in Atlanta, Georgia. The musical, which originally starred Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello in Drama Desk Award-winning performances, also received a Tony for Uhry's book and the Drama Desk for Outstanding Musical.
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