Complete Casting Announced for Australian Production of Jason Robert Brown's Parade
07 Jul 2014
Casting has been announced for the first professional Australian production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Tony-winning musical Parade, which will begin performances Sept. 17 at 45 Downstairs, according to aussietheatre.com.
Presented by The Collective, the production will continue through Sept. 28.
James Cutler directs with musical direction by Cameron Thomas and choreography by David Harford.
The cast will be led by Laura Fitzpatrick and Luigi Lucente. They will be joined by Cameron MacDonald, Tod Strike, Amelia Christo, Andrew Doyle, Timothy Springs, David Price, Paul Dawber, Cle Morgan, Jemma Plunkett, Michelle Smitheram, Bonnie Page and Emma Jones.
The Australian production will utilize the version of the musical that premiered in 2007 London's Donmar Warehouse.
Parade, which is set in 1913 Atlanta, GA, is described as such: "Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. With the whole town screaming for justice, his only defenders are a governor with a conscience and his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength to become his greatest champion. This mysterious and glorious musical tells the true story of a landmark American court case that provided one of the world’s earliest examples of sensationalist media."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.