Laura Benanti, Joshua Henry, Ramin Karimloo, Andy Mientus Will Lead Parade Concert

News   Laura Benanti, Joshua Henry, Ramin Karimloo, Andy Mientus Will Lead Parade Concert
Tony Award winner Laura Benanti will star as Lucille Frank in a one-night-only concert presentation of Jason Robert Brown's Tony Award-winning musical Parade, which will take place Feb. 16, 2015, at Avery Fisher Hall.

Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

Benanti (Gypsy, Women on the Verge, The Most Happy Fella) will be joined by Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet) as Jim Conley, Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables) as Tom Watson, Andy Mientus (Les Misérables) as Britt Craig, Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked) as Mrs. Phagan, John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Hugh Dorsey, Charlie Franklin as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Davis Gaines (The Phantom of the Opera) as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Caitlin Houlahan as Iola Stover, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Minnie McKnight/Angela/Nina Formby, Nathaniel Stampley as Newt Lee/Riley and Emerson Steele as Mary Phagan.

Casting for the role of Leo Frank has not been announced.

Gary Griffin, who also directs the Broadway production of Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas, will stage the Manhattan Concert Productions mounting 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.

The production creative team also includes Tom Murray (music supervisor), Beowulf Boritt (set designer), Jeff Croiter (lighting designer), Jon Weston (sound designer) and Josh Millican (assistant sound designer). Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns CSA. 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. 

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