EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: PARADE, C too, August 16th 2014
Based on a true story, Parade is the tale of Leo Frank, a New York Jewish industrialist in the American South where the legacy of the Civil War is never too far away. Frank is accused of the murder of a young girl in his factory and swiftly finds himself the victim of various agendas that see him behind bars and facing death.
Jason Robert Brown's score is excellent, melding the sound of contemporary musicals with that of the South in the early 20th century. Performances are generally strong across the board in this production, especially from Steve Nicholson, who is completely natural and convincing as Leo Frank, as well as the marvellous voice and mannerisms of Simon Anthony as Conley. Some performers do need a reminder to project their voices more in the absence of amplification, though pleasant voices and impeccably consistent accents all serve as a credit to the ensemble.
Simple but effective direction manages to make a full musical with a large cast never seem out of place in a Fringe venue. The production is also supported by great costumes that contribute to a sense of authenticity that will keep you quite immersed in the world of early 20th century Georgia. This company from Cambridge will take you away to the turbulent South in an interesting musical with catchy tunes, strong performances and great atmosphere.
Parade is at C too until August 24th.