By Andrew Gans
01 May 2014
Original director David Zak and music director Alan Bukowiecki (both Jeff Award winners) will return to helm the Tony Award-winning musical by librettist Alfred Uhry and composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown.
Also returning for the concert event are original Bailiwick Repertory cast members Nicholas Foster and Amy Arbizzani in their Jeff Award-winning turns as, respectively, Leo and Lucille Frank, as well as Jamie Axtell, David Belew, Steve Best, Lili-Anne Brown, Julie Burt Nichols, Alanda Coon, Brannen Daugherty, Kate Garassino, Jacob Hoffman, Stephanie Faris, Nate Johnson, Randolph Johnson, Steve Kimbrough and Rus Rainear. The concert will also feature Maria Barwegan, Jenna Dreixler, Stephanie Faris, Annie Goldenberg, Michael Harnichar, Ryan Lanning, Dan Riley and Melissa Young.
"In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ," according to press notes. "Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, this powerful true story offers a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten."
The production team also includes Robert Ollis (assistant music director), Brenda Didier (creative advisor), Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas (stage manager) and Geoff Bleeker (producer).
The Mercury Theater is located at 3745 N. Southport Ave. For tickets, priced $40, visit www.bailiwickchicago.com.