Parade, Starring Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, Transferring to Broadway
Parade is coming back to Broadway.
The musical about the trial and lynching of Leo Frank will begin previews on February 21 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, which was recently vacated by Almost Famous. Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, stars of the New York City Center presentation of the musical in November 2022, will reprise their performances as Leo and Lucille Frank. Performances are scheduled through August 6, with opening on March 16.
With a Tony-winning book by Alfred Uhry and a Tony-winning score by Jason Robert Brown, Parade tells the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory superintendent who was accused of raping and murdering an employee. The story takes place in and around Atlanta in 1913, when die-hard confederate sentiments and resentment of Northern capital make it impossible to receive a fair trial.
This is the first Broadway revival of Parade, which ran 85 performances (and 39 previews) at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre during the 1998-99 season. The musical is coconceived by original director Harold Prince.
Michael Arden, who helmed the City Center presentation, will direct the Broadway run, with Lauren Yalango-Grant and Christopher Cree Grant serving as choreographers. The production will have sets by Dane Laffrey, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Heather Gilbert, sound by Jon Weston, projections by Sven Ortel, hair and wigs by Tom Watson, and music direction by Tom Murray.
In his review of the City Center run, TheaterMania critic David Gordon called Parade "a work of art ahead of its time." You can read that full review here.
Complete casting is still to be announced.