Euan Morton Will Play Leo Frank in Parade for Ford's Theatre in DC; Season Announced
By Kenneth Jones
The 2011-12 season at historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, will open with a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade starring Tony nominee Euan Morton as Leo Frank.
Stephen Rayne (Ford's Sabrina Fair) will direct the production of librettist Alfred Uhry and composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown's musical about a miscarriage of justice in early 20th-century Georgia, when a Jewish outsider was wrongly accused of murder. A love story emerges thanks to the strength, passion and loyalty of Leo's wife, Lucille.
Morton earned a 2004 Tony nomination as Best Actor for his work in Taboo, and appeared in the Broadway revue Sondheim on Sondheim in 2010. He recently starred in Chess at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.
Harold Prince co-conceived the original Broadway production. The property was later revised for a London staging that later played Los Angeles. Karma Camp will choreograph the DC staging, to run Sept. 23-Oct. 30. The Ford's season was posted on its website.
Parade is a co-production with Theater J, Washington's Jewish theatre, and is presented in association with the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.
A Ford's Theatre commission by Richard Hellesen, author of Ford's Theatre's One Destiny, Investigation: Detective McDevitt and The Road from Appomattox, will premiere in January 2012.
Here's the Ford's Theatre season at a glance:
A Christmas Carol
A Ford's Theatre Commission
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