3-D Theatricals Presents PARADE at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center June 1-24, 2018
The long awaited revival of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's gripping Tony Award-winning murder mystery musical PARADE as presented five years ago at Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium by 3-D Theatricals (3DT) of Los Angeles and Orange County, will once again take a bow at two Southern California main stage theatres beginning June 1 - 10 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and June 15 - 24, 2018 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Broadway's Jeff Skowron*, Rufus Bonds Jr.* and Davis Gaines* lead many returning cast members of the original 2013 3DT production.
*Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
Co-conceived, produced and directed by Harold Prince on Broadway with Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY) and a Book by Alfred Uhry (Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-Winner for DRIVING MISS DAISY, PARADE is a tragic and true story of a Brooklyn-born Jewish factory manager Leo Frank who, in 1913, was accused of raping and murdering a 13 year old employee, Mary Phagan. Already guilty in the eyes of those around him, the dramatic courtroom trial sensationalized by the media, aroused anti-Semitic tensions in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
The musical was first produced on Broadway in 1998. Even though it closed after a brief stay at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the musical made a profound impact with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing... thus showering the production with Tony Awards in 1999 for Best Book and Best Original Score (out of nine nominations); and six Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Featured Actor, Outstanding Orchestrations and Outstanding Music).
Like New York, voting members of the LA Stage Alliance (a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles), were deeply touched by 3-D Theatricals' production of PARADE; so much so, that it was nominated for fifteen Los Angeles Ovation Awards, earning four in the "Large Theatre" categories of Best Musical, Best Lead Actor in a Musical; Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Acting Ensemble in a Musical.
In 2013 the Los Angeles Times wrote... "Exceptional integrity distinguishes Parade in Fullerton. 3-D Theatricals attains a rarefied level of artistry with this arresting, beautifully appointed take. Director T.J. Dawson, Choreographer Dana Solimando and Musical Director David Lamoureux approach the fact-based property and its complex themes -- anti-Semitism, legal malfeasance and political expediency among them -- with uncompromising conviction. 3-D Theatricals' Parade is hard to forget."
Jeff Skowron* (Leo Frank) Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Boy from Oz. Jeff returns to 3-D Theatricals to recreate PARADE's pivotal starring role of Leo Frank for which he won the 2013 Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Lead Actor in a Musical. *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
Rufus Bonds, JR.* (Jim Conley) Broadway: Parade, Rent, Once on This Island. Mr. Bonds also returns as factory janitor and ex-convict Jim Conley; the role he created on Broadway and for which he won a 2013 Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical, preceded by a 1999 New York Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor. *Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
Davis Gaines* (Hugh Dorsey) is best known to audiences for his portrayal of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera both on Broadway and a record setting run of performances as the Phantom at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles .*Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
Chelle Denton (Lucille Frank), Robert Yacko* (Governor Jack Slaton), Benjamin Schrader* (Britt Craig), Gordan Goodman* (Tom Watson/Officer Starnes), Tyler Miclean* (Young Soldier/Frankie Epps), Robert W. Laur* (Old Soldier/Judge Roan), E.E. BELL* (Luther Rosser/Officer Ivey), Bradley Baker* (Newt Lee/Enemble), Jeanette Dawson (Mrs. Phagan/Ensemble), Leslie Stevens* (Sally Slaton/Ensemble/Dance Captain), Elizabeth Adabale (Minnie McKnight/Ensemble), Valerie Lohman (Mary Phagan), Renna Nightingale (Iola Stover), Jenna Lea Rosen (Monteen), BRENNLEY FAITH BROWN (Essie), Patrick Batiste JR. (Riley/Ensemble), Gabrielle Jackson (Angela/Ensemble), Corky Loupe (Mr. Peavy/Ensemble), Allen Everman (Guard/Ensemble), LISA DYSON (Lizzie Phagan/Ensemble).
*Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
THE ENSEMBLE: James Beardsley, Candice Rochelle Berge, Tym Brown, Zach Campa, Abby Carlson, Zack Crocker, Natalli Dorn, Madeline Ellingson, Brandon Taylor Jones, Melinda Koen, Noelle Lidyoff, Matt Merchant*, Isabella Olivas, Jessica Ordaz, Kirklyn Robinson, Ryan Ruge, Erich Schroeder, Allyson Severyn, Kayla Joy Smith, Paul Stine, Michael Thomas Visgar, Brooklyn Vizcarra, Candace J. Washington.
*Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
UNDERSTUDY: Loren Smith for "Jim Conley".
THE PRODUCTION TEAM:
T.J. Dawson once again directs the upcoming revival, supported by David Lamoureux (Music Director), Estevan Valdes (Choreographer), Leslie Stevens (Assistant Choreographer), Julia Aks (Assistant Director), Nicki Heskin (Assistant Director), Los Angeles Musicians Collective (Musical Contractor), Terry Hanrahan* (Production Stage Manager), David Jordan Nestor* (Assistant Stage Manager), Tom Buderwitz (Set Design), Shon Le Blanc (Costume Designer), Alexandra Johnson (Costume Coordinator, Wardrobe Supervisor; and additional Costume Designer), Jene Roach (Technical Director), Jean-Yves Tessier (Lighting Design), Noelle Sammour (Sound Design), Peter Herman (Wig Design), Melanie Cavaness and Gretchen Morales (Properties Co-Coordinators), Caitlin Muelder (Dialogue Coach). *Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
THE 3-D THEATRICALS STAFF:
T.J. Dawson (Producer / Artistic Director), Gretchen Dawson (Co-Founder, Marketing and Sales), Daniel Dawson Co-Founder), Jeanette Dawson (Co-Founder), Terry Hanrahan* (Production Manager), David Jordan Nestor* (Company Manager), Amber Snead (Casting Director), Eric Schilling (Rentals and Warehouse Manager), Jennifer Nelson (Box Office Manager), Grace Teddy (Box Office Associate) and Michael Sterling (Publicity and Public Relations). Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
Photo of Jeff Skowron as Leo Frank.
Photo Credit: Isaac James Creative