Anderson, Podschun, Strole, Tower Join Knight, Berresse and More in L.A. Parade; Tickets on Sale June 26

News   Anderson, Podschun, Strole, Tower Join Knight, Berresse and More in L.A. Parade; Tickets on Sale June 26
 
Additional casting has been announced for the Center Theatre Group presentation of the London Donmar Warehouse production of the musical Parade, to start previews Sept. 24 at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Lara Pulver
Lara Pulver

T.R. Knight, Lara Pulver, Michael Berresse, Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise, Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, had already been reported in Variety on June 22.

According to CTG on June 23, director-choreographer Rob Ashford's cast for the musical by composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown and librettist Alfred Uhry will also feature Brad Anderson, Will Collyer, Karole Foreman, Laura Griffith, P.J. Griffith, Curt Hansen, Deidrie Henry, Lisa Livesay, Hayley Podschun, Rose Sezniak, David St. Louis, Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening) and Josh Tower. Additional casting will be announced.

Opening is Oct. 4 and performances will continue through Nov. 15.

This production represents rewrites since the 1998-99 Broadway production (which earned Brown a Best Score Tony Award and Uhry a Best Book Tony). The musical was co-conceived by Harold Prince.

Knight, formerly George of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will play Leo Frank, with Pulver reprising her Olivier Award-nominated London turn as Lucille Frank in the tale of injustice in Atlanta. Knight 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 Parade role of steely wife Lucille in London's Donmar Warehouse production of Parade. She currently appears on the BBC series "Robin Hood."

Here's how TCG bills the musical: "A shameful event in American history and a poignant love story are at the heart of Parade…[which] 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."

Rob Ashford won the Best Choreography Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The new 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 go sale June 26 and are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

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