D'Amico and Olson Are the Franks in L.A. Run of Parade, Starting July 11

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and Adam Hetrick
22 May 2008

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles area professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's musical, Parade, to play The Neighborhood Playhouse in Palos Verdes Estates.

Brady Schwind will direct the July 11-27 production, which will feature Allison Mattiza, Lizzie Jester, Leslie Morris, Rashel Mereness, Aileen-Marie Scott, Craig D'Amico (as Leo Frank), Rachel Baumsten, Tareek Lee Holmes, Tawny Dolley, Riley Michael Hovance, Loren Smith, Michael Tatlock, Ryan Amador, Alissa Anderegg (as Mary Phagan), James Jaeger, Michael Prohaska, Keith Barletta, Marcy Agreen, Mike Tushaus, David Fairchild, Emily Olson (as Lucille Frank), Jessica Plotin, Laura Hathaway, Megan Dorn-Wallenstein, Carly Menkin, James Larsen and Gordon Wells.

The Neighborhood mounting will utilize the original 1998 Lincoln Center Theater version, rather than the 2007 Donmar Warehouse revision.

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 creative team includes Christen Jackson (assistant director), Imara Quinonez (choreographer) and David Sateren (music director). Susan Fairchild is producer.



Parade debuted in 1998 under the direction of Hal 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). Rob Ashford, who served as assistant choreographer for the LCT mounting of Parade, re-envisioned the work as a smaller chamber piece for the recent Donmar Warehouse staging.

Songs from the 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."

For tickets and further information visit www.neighborhoodplayhouse.net.

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Founded by late television producer Bob Wright ("The Carol Burnett Show"), The Neighborhood Playhouse is an Actors' Equity waiver theatre in Palos Verdes Estates.

All productions are rehearsed and performed at the landmark Neighborhood Church, "a stunning seaside palazzo originally built in 1927 as the summer mansion of business tycoon, J.J. Haggarty; to this day one of the most beautiful historic locations in Los Angeles."