Parade Will Make Fully Staged Los Angeles Premiere at the Neighborhood Playhouse

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Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Southern-set musical Parade will make its fully staged Los Angeles professional debut July 11.

The L.A.-based Neighborhood Playhouse will present the award-winning musical in its first fully staged production in the Los Angeles area. The limited engagement will play through July 27.

The Los Angeles 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.

Brady Schwind will direct Parade, collaborating on choreography with Imara Quinonez. Complete casting and creative duties will be announced at a later date.

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 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."

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