Olivier Nominee Will Helm New York Return of Parade at Avery Fisher Hall

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15 Aug 2014

Gary Griffin
Gary Griffin
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Olivier Award nominee Gary Griffin has been announced to direct the one-night-only concert presentation of Jason Robert Brown's Tony Award-winning 1998 musical Parade, which will take place Feb. 16, 2015, at Avery Fisher Hall.

Griffin, who is also set to direct the Broadway production of Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas this fall, will stage the concert of Parade that promises a chorus of over 200, in addition to the New York City Chamber Orchestra and a full professional Broadway cast.

Tony-winning composer-lyricist Brown will conduct.

Casting has not been announced. 

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 Alfred 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.

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 start at $50 and go on sale Sept. 2. Presale begins Aug. 25. Tickets will be available at mcp.us, lincolncenter.org, or by calling (212) 721-6500.