Pulver, Berresse, Hoff, d'Amboise And More Join Knight in CTG's 'PARADE', Previews Begin 9/24 (Updated)
Center Theatre Group has announced casting for the upcoming Donmar Warehouse production of the musical "Parade," starting previews on September 24, 2009, at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for October 4 and performances will continue through November 15.
T.R. Knight, formerly of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will play Leo Frank, with Lara Pulver reprising the role of Lucille Frank in the story recounted in "Parade." Knight is known to TV audiences as George on the ABC series. He appeared on Broadway opposite Patti LuPone in the 2001 revival of "Noises Off," as well as in "Tartuffe" and received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in off-Broadway's "Scattergood." Pulver received an Olivier Award nomination for the role in London's Donmar Warehouse production of "Parade" and currently appears on the BBC series "Robin Hood."
The cast also includes, in alphabetical order, Brad Anderson (Officer Ivey, Luther Rosser, Guard), Michael Berresse (Governor Slaton, Britt Craig, Mr. Peavy), Will Collyer (Ensemble), Charlotte d'Amboise (Mrs. Phagan, Sally Slaton), Karole Foreman (Ensemble), Laura Griffith (Ensemble), P.J. Griffith (Officer Starnes, Tom Watson), Curt Hansen (Young Soldier, Frankie Epps, Guard), Deidrie Henry (Minnie McKnight, Angela), Christian Hoff (Hugh Dorsey), Lisa Livesay (Monteen), Hayley Podschun (Iola Stover), David St. Louis (Newt Lee, Jim Conley, Riley), Rose Sezniak (Lila, Mary Phagan), Phoebe Strole (Essie), and Josh Tower (Ensemble). Additional cast to be announced.
A shameful event in American history and a poignant love story are at the heart of "Parade," which features a book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Co-conceived by Harold Prince, it is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer Rob Ashford, who helmed the Donmar production. Both Uhry and Brown won 1999 Tony Awards, for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, respectively, when the musical was first produced at the Lincoln Center Theater.
The Donmar Warehouse production received 2008 Olivier Award nominations for Best New Musical, Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Director, among others.
The Taper presentation will be the first time that the Donmar production will be seen in America.
"Parade" follows the true story of the arrest, conviction and lynching of Leo Frank in post-Civil
War Atlanta, Georgia. Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old factory worker, has been murdered on the day of the 1913 Confederate Memorial Day parade. Frank, the factory's superintendent and a Jewish outsider, is immediately cast as a suspect. As the media frenzy ensues, with journalists thirsting for news to boost circulations and ambitious politicians seeking votes, Frank - the transplanted Yankee - becomes the scapegoat. His wife, Lucille, passionately works for her husband's release from jail but public hatred continues to rise to a fever pitch. Despite the terrible circumstance, Leo and Lucille find a renewed commitment to each other as well as a moment of transcendent grace in their tragedy.