Brown and Uhry's Parade Marches Into L.A. July 10-27

News   Brown and Uhry's Parade Marches Into L.A. July 10-27
 
The Los Angeles area professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's musical, Parade, begins July 10 in a staging by The Neighborhood Playhouse in Palos Verdes Estates.
Alissa Anderegg, Emily Olson and Craig D'Amico
Alissa Anderegg, Emily Olson and Craig D'Amico Photo by David Fairchild Studios

Brady Schwind directs the production (continuing to July 27), featuring Allison Mattiza, Lizzie Jester, Leslie Morris, Rashel Mereness, Aileen-Marie Scott, Craig D'Amico (as Leo Frank), Rachel Baumsten, Tareek Lee Holmes, Tawny Dolley, Riley Michael Hovance, Loren Smith, Michael Tatlock, Ryan Amador, Alissa Anderegg (as Mary Phagan), James Jaeger, Michael Prohaska, Keith Barletta, Marcy Agreen, Mike Tushaus, David Fairchild, Emily Olson (as Lucille Frank), Jessica Plotin, Laura Hathaway, Megan Dorn-Wallenstein, Carly Menkin, James Larsen and Gordon Wells.

Set in Atlanta, GA, in 1913, Parade recounts the true story of factory owner Leo Frank who is put on trial for the murder of a young girl in his employ. Frank's sensational trial played out in the papers, as much as the courtroom, while his wife crusaded for justice.

The Neighborhood mounting utilizes the original 1998 Lincoln Center Theater version, rather than the 2007 Donmar Warehouse revision.

The creative team includes Christen Jackson (assistant director), Imara Quinonez (choreographer) and David Sateren (music director). Susan Fairchild is producer.

Parade debuted in 1998 under the direction of Hal Prince at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, the production earned Tonys for Best Book of a Musical (Uhry) and Best Original Score (Brown). Rob Ashford, who served as assistant choreographer for the LCT mounting of Parade, re-envisioned the work as a smaller chamber piece for the recent Donmar Warehouse staging. Songs from the score include "Old Red Hills of Home," "How Can I Call This Home?," "You Don't Know This Man," "Big News," "It's Hard to Speak My Heart," "Pretty Music" and "All the Wasted Time."

The July 13 performance at 7:30 PM will be a special charity show to benefit the Museum of Tolerance. All tickets for this event will be $50, with proceeds donated to the museum.

For tickets and more information visit www.neighborhoodplayhouse.net.

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Founded by late television producer Bob Wright ("The Carol Burnett Show"), The Neighborhood Playhouse is an Actors' Equity waiver theatre in Palos Verdes Estates.

All productions are rehearsed and performed at the landmark Neighborhood Church, "a stunning seaside palazzo originally built in 1927 as the summer mansion of business tycoon, J.J. Haggarty; to this day one of the most beautiful historic locations in Los Angeles."

<i>Parade</i> stars Emily Olson, Alissa Anderegg, and Craig D'Amico
Parade stars Emily Olson, Alissa Anderegg, and Craig D'Amico Photo by David Fairchild Studios
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