Parade May Have New Life in 2000 Tour; Will It Return to NYC?

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Although the route has yet to be figured out, the shut-down but Tony Award-nominated Parade is hoped to march again in a national tour beginning in the summer of 2000, according to book writer Alfred Uhry.

Although the route has yet to be figured out, the shut-down but Tony Award-nominated Parade is hoped to march again in a national tour beginning in the summer of 2000, according to book writer Alfred Uhry.

Uhry told Playbill On-Line at the 1999 Tony Awards Nominees Brunch May 12 that the original creative team -- director Harold Prince, choreographer Patricia Birch, composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown, among others -- would be involved in the tour of "big theatres" in major cities.

"If all goes well it would come back here [New York]," said Uhry.

Songwriter Brown said it's not a bitter experience to be closed and nominated for a slew of Tonys, although he is grateful to not have to follow daily box office figures. He said he felt enough support for the show that he knows it will have a future.

The serious-minded Parade, inspired by the story behind the lynching of Leo Frank in 1913 Atlanta, received mixed reviews after its Dec. 17, 1998, opening at Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont. The musical failed to find a larger audience and closed Feb. 28, 1999. It earned nine Tony nominations, the most of any Broadway show this season.

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