Tony-Winning Musical Parade, With Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan, Rises Again

News   Tony-Winning Musical Parade, With Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan, Rises Again
 
The one-night-only concert presentation of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning musical Parade, which co-stars Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan, is held Feb. 16 at Avery Fisher Hall.

Tony nominee Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde) and Tony Award winner Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge...) co-star as Leo and Lucille Frank, respectively.

They are joined by Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet) as Jim Conley, Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables) as Tom Watson, Andy Mientus (Les Misérables) as Britt Craig, Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked) as Mrs. Phagan, John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Hugh Dorsey, Charlie Franklin as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Caitlin Houlahan as Iola Stover, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Minnie McKnight/Angela/Nina Formby and Emerson Steele as Mary Phagan.

Also featured are Ephie Aardema as Monteen, Eric Anderson as Officer Starnes/Middle-Aged Man From Valdosta/Chain Gang Guard, Rachel de Benedet as Sally Slaton, Alan Campbell as Governor John Slaton, Alvin Crawford as Newt Lee/Riley, John Jellison as Luther Rosser/Mr. Peavy, Eric Leviton as Policeman/Prison Guard/Jury Foreman, Alvin Crawford as Newt Lee/Riley and Allie Trimm as Essie.

Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Gary Griffin, who also directs the Broadway production of Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas, stages the Manhattan Concert Productions mounting of Parade that promises a chorus of over 200, in addition to the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

Tony-winning composer-lyricist Brown conducts his score. The production creative team also includes Tom Murray (music supervisor), Beowulf Boritt (set designer), Jeff Croiter (lighting designer), Jon Weston (sound designer) and Josh Millican (assistant sound designer). Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns CSA.

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 musical has a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Uhry.

Parade debuted in 1998 under the direction of Harold 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). The original cast featured Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello.

Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

Songs from the popular 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."

Brown is also the writer of Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, Urban Cowboy the Musical, 13 and The Bridges of Madison County.

Griffin has also directed the Broadway productions of The Color Purple and The Apple Tree. He received an Olivier Award nomination for the Donmar Warehouse production of Pacific Overtures.

In recent seasons Manhattan Concert Productions presented the starry concerts of the Tony-winning musicals Ragtime and Titanic.

Manhattan Concert Productions is an educational performance company dedicated to excellence in music making, hospitality and travel details. Its focus is placed on the selection and preparation of visiting musicians, guest conductors, professional bands and orchestras and soloists. 

Tickets are available at mcp.us, lincolncenter.org, or by calling (212) 721-6500.

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