Livent has announced that the new Harold Prince musical will have its world premiere in Toronto.
Parade will have a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Night in Ballyhoo) and score by Jason Robert Brown in his Broadway debut. Rehearsals begin Sept. 8 in New York and Toronto with three private performances for an invited audience at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto on Oct 15, 16 and 17. This follows the same route as the current Livent hit, Ragtime.
Parade follows the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager in Atlanta Ga., who, in 1913, was accused of the murder of Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old white Christian girl who works in the factory. The musical centres on the relationship between Frank and his wife (Lucy Selig Frank) set against the backdrop of one of the most explosive periods of U.S. history.
The Leo Franks story has been examined in books, TV and film. Notably the fictionalized 1937 film They Won't Forget with Claude Rains and the TV movie The Murder of Mary Phagan with Jack Lemmon Peter Gallagher and Kevin Spacey. There is also a new historical novel by David Mamet titled The Old Religion.
The future for Parade will be decided by Livent after the workshop. Prince has said he would like to take the show to Broadway in fall 1998.