BWW TV: Stage Tube - PARADE Starring T.R. Knight
"Parade," which features T.R. Knight playing the historical figure Leo Frank and Lara Pulver reprising her role as his wife, Lucille Frank, started rehearsals this week. The Center Theatre Group's presentation of the Donmar Warehouse production began previews September 24, 2009, and opened at the Mark Taper Forum on October 4. Performances continue through November 15.
The cast also includes, in alphabetical order, Brad Anderson, Michael Berresse (Obie Award-winner for his work as director/choreographer of "[title of show]"), Will Collyer, Charlotte d'Amboise(nominated for a Tony Award for the role of Cassie in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line"),Karole Foreman, Davis Gaines, Laura Griffith, P.J. Griffith, Curt Hansen, Deidrie Henry, Christian Hoff(Tony Award-winner for his role in "Jersey Boys"), Sarah Jayne Jensen, Lisa Livesay, Hayley Podschun, David St. Louis, Rose Sezniak, Phoebe Strole, Josh Tower and Robert Yacko.
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.
Scenic and costume design are by Christopher Oram, lighting is by Neil Austin and sound is by Jon Weston. The musical director is Tom Murray, casting is by Erika Sellin, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.
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.
Tickets for "Parade" are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online atwww.CenterTheatreGroup.org. August 21, 2009