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  • Written by:
    Alfred Uhry
  • Directed by:
    Rob Frankenberry
  • Musical Directions by:
    Rob Frankenberry
  • Music and Lyrics by:
    Jason Robert Brown
  • Dates:
    November 9, 2017 - November 19, 2017
  • Show Times:
    Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM
  • Location:
    Charity Randall Theatre

Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank a Brooklyn raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Georgia’s governor eventually commuted his sentence from death to life imprisonment because Frank’s trial was replete with faulty testimony and lacked any clear evidence. Despite this ruling, a lynch mob hanged Frank in Mary Phagan’s hometown of  Marietta, Georgia. The momentous case drew national attention to Anti-Semitism and was pivotal to both the founding of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the reviving of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. With a characteristically rich, intricate, and wide-ranging score penned by Jason Robert Brown and a bold willingness to dive into the complexities of early 20th century social relationships in the South. Parade is a sophisticated, dark tale with endless depths for a highly skilled company of actors and musicians to plumb.

This production features the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Roger Zahab, playing a version of the score for full orchestra that has only been heard in a single performance prior to this production. The orchestration was created by Tony award winner Don Sebesky in 2015 for Manhattan Concert Production’s Parade In Concert, which was presented at Avery Fisher Hall on the evening of February 16, 2015, starring Laura Bonanti and Jeremy Jordan, with composer Jason Robert Brown on the podium.

Sebesky’s original 20-piece orchestration won the Tony in 1998, but was subsequently replaced with a 9-piece orchestration when the book and score underwent significant revisions in 2009 for productions in London and Los Angeles.  The new orchestration combines the 2009 revisions to the book and musical material with the larger, operatic scale of the original Broadway production.

UP Stages is thrilled to present the first fully-staged musical production using this orchestration.