Parade, the Lincoln Center musical which closed last winter after a short run, will reopen next year and perhaps make its way back to New York. As reported by Playbill On-Line last May and confirmed by Parade bookwriter Alfred Uhry at the Tony ceremony, the musical will reopen in Atlanta sometime next year. It will then tour and possibly make its way back to New York.
Parade netted two Tonys at the June 6 ceremony, for best score and book.
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.