Toronto Musical Concerts Presents PARADE

Toronto Musical Concerts Presents PARADE

On Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm, Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) presents a professional staged reading of Jason Robert Brown's PARADE In Concert at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre - 750 Spadina Ave).

In 1913 Atlanta, Georgia, a teenage factory employee is raped and murdered. Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of the factory, is charged with the crime. By manipulating witnesses and tampering with evidence, the prosecution convinces the jury that Frank is guilty. His only defenders are a Governor with a conscience and his loving Wife, who finds the courage and strength to become his greatest champion. Considered one of the most sensational trials of the early 20th century, the Frank case disturbingly reflects the world's current political and social climate amid antisemitism, racism, intolerance, divisiveness and violence.

The winner of two Tony Awards for best book and score, and the Drama Desk and New York Critics' Circle awards for best musical, Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all odds. With book by acclaimed playwright, Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colourful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County), Parade is a powerful and moving examination of the darkest corners of human history.

PARADE In Concert features professional musical theatre talents:

Ma-Anne Dionisio (Broadway: Flower Drum Song; West End | Mirvish: Miss Saigon; International | US National Tour: Les Miserables; West End: Martin Guerre; upcoming Mirvish | Musical Stage Company: Next To Normal) as Lucille Frank.

Eric Craig (US National Tour | Mirvish: Matilda; Ross Petty Panto: The Wizard of Oz) as Leo Frank.

Jenny Weisz (Young People's Theatre: Annie; Globe Theatre: Shrek; Neptune Theatre: Into the Woods) as Mary Phagan.

Mark Cassius (Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Ragtime, Shenandoah; Mirvish: Miss Saigon; Livent: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Stratford Festival: My One & Only, Oklahoma!) as Newt Lee.

Jonathan Cullen (US National Tour: The Book of Mormon, Billy Elliot; Starvox Entertainment: Forever Plaid; Winter Garden Theatre: Grease) as Frankie Epps.

Michael De Rose (US National Tour: Saturday Night Fever, Godspell; Ross Petty Panto: The Wizard of Oz; Winter Garden Theatre: Grease; Toronto Musical Concerts: Merrily We Roll Along) as Hugh Dorsey.

Lisa Kisch (US National Tour: Mamma Mia, Beauty & the Beast; Mirvish: Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music; Toronto Musical Concerts: Company, Into The Woods) as Sally Slaton.

Alana Hibbert (Stratford Festival: Carousel, The Sound of Music; Shaw Festival: Ragtime, Guys & Dolls; Musical Stage Company: Once On This Island, Caroline, Or Change, Parade) as Minola McKnight.

Geoffrey Tyler (Mirvish: The Producers; Stratford Festival: 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy; Talk Is Free Theatre: Assassins; Toronto Musical Concerts: Company, Assassins ) as Tom Watson.

Ryan Kelly (Off-Broadway: Living With Henry; Mirvish: Mamma Mia; Studio 180: The Normal Heart; Buddies in Bad Times: Dancing Queen, Will The Real J.T. LeRoy Please Stand Up?; Toronto Musical Concerts: Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Assassins, Into The Woods) as Luther Rosser.

Quinn Dooley (Manitoba Theatre Centre | Grand Theatre: Once; Capitol Theatre: Mamma Mia; Charlottetown Festival | Citadel Theatre: Evangeline) as Iola Stover.

Joseph Lévesque (Charlottetown Festival: Forever Plaid; Toronto Musical Concerts: Merrily We Roll Along) as Governor Slaton | Britt Craig.

Christopher Wilson (Stratford Festival: The Gondoliers, The Boyfriend; Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables; Toronto Musical Concerts: Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Assassins, Into The Woods) as Judge Roan.

Direction by Christopher Wilson; Musical Direction by Chris Tsujiuchi; Assistant Direction by Ryan Kelly;

Stage Management by Justine Cargo; and Lighting Design/Projections by Jim Plaxton.

Tickets: $25 (General Admission), $20 (Student | Senior | Arts Worker)
Advance purchase: https://paradeinconcert.brownpapertickets.com/

Further information: 647-298-9338

Toronto Musical Concerts (TMC) is a not-for-profit charitable, professional musical theatre company. TMC presents high-quality musical concerts; produces cutting-edge works; develops emerging talents and new audiences; and provides educational opportunities and community arts outreach.

TMC is the only performing arts organizations consistently presenting professional musical theatre concerts in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programming supports emerging artists; represents diverse voices; offers arts access to at-risk and marginalized youth; and presents reimagined musical theatre works as well as new Canadian musicals.



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