• Parade

Event Category: Theater

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  • Showdates are currently schedule for Thursday through Saturday, 8 pm

    There will not be a March 29th (Friday)or March 30th (Saturday) Performance
    There will be a March 27th (Wednesday) and March 31st (Sunday) Performance added

    PARADE is based on the true story of Leo Frank, who was of Jewish descent and the manger of a pencil factory in Atlanta, Franks was accused of raping and murdering an 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. The subsequent trial made national headlines and dredged up underlying antisemitic attitudes in Georgia. In PARADE, Music and book composers Alfred Uhry and Jerome Brown circulated this tension (mixed with a fair-share of diabolical plotters)  throughout the musical yet they bring forward the mercurial relationship between Leo and his wife Lucille that fattens the tragedy which ultimately befalls Frank.

    Returning back to the ART stage to direct, Matthew Refermat has assembled a strong ensemble featuring company alumni Jordan Levin (AMERICAN IDIOT) as Leo Max Frank and Melissa Levin (AMERICAN IDIOT; HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS THEN KILL THEM) as his wife Lucille. Tim Goehrig (CARRIE; RUST BELT GROTESQUE)  also returns to ART/WNYs stage as Governor John Slaton with Nick Lama (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; BEHANDING IN SPOKANE) as the prosecuting attorney Hugh Dorsey. Making their ART/WNY debut Marisa Caruso as Mrs. Frances Phagan with Lucas DeNies, Christopher Cummings, Brittney Bassett. and Elise Vullo as Mary Phagan as well as Talia Mobley (HEATHERS) rounds out the ensemble. Donald Jenczka (HEATHERS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS) returns to ART/WNY as the music director.

    PARADE is set to open on March 21st and run until April 13t at the 545 Elmwood Avenue performance space. Tickets prices are $25 general admission, $15 for students & industry.  There may be additional dates added to the performance run.

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