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2022 Annual Gala Presentation

Parade

Theater

Nov 1 – 6, 2022

Tickets from $35

Overview

Overview

Jason Robert Brown (Songs for a New World) was a Broadway novice when legendary dramatic innovator Hal Prince approached him with an unlikely project put forth by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy): a musical interpretation of the 1913 trial, conviction, legal appeal, and eventual lynching of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia. Brown and Uhry both won Tony Awards for their juxtaposition of brutal historical detail with hauntingly pastoral lyricism, but the production itself closed after just 84 performances.

Almost a quarter of a century later, Parade’s battle cry to reexamine the bitter roots of American bigotry couldn’t be more timely. The starry Gala presentation cast features Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) as Leo Frank, and Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show) as his young wife Lucille, an assimilated Southern Jewish woman who becomes her husband’s most vocal crusader. Tony-nominated director Michael Arden (Once on This Island, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening) takes a documentary approach to the courtroom drama of the piece, incorporating trial photography and projections to starkly contrast the sweeping beauty of Brown’s Tony-winning score. 

Recommended for audiences ages 13 and up.

Funds raised at all seven performances help ensure the future of City Center’s founding mission: to provide all New Yorkers affordable access to world-class performing arts.

Casting and programming subject to change.

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Tickets

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Point of View

Point of View

  • “Brown’s compositional variety and depth of instrumental feeling imbue supple melodies with moral color … Rather than demand that Parade conform to more familiar models, let’s just appreciate the grave beauty of its expansive view and celebrate a score that’s determined for a change to make us think.”
    Los Angeles Times

  • “Musicals primarily deal with romance: it is refreshing to find one that deals so eloquently with the roots of southern prejudice.”
    The Guardian (UK)

Artists

Cast & Credits

Cast & Credits

Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-Conceived and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank
Directed by Michael Arden

Starring Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt

Producer of Musical Theater
Jenny Gersten

Art by Ben Wiseman

Your Gift Matters to Musical Theater

Your Gift Matters to Musical Theater

Help keep extraordinary musicals alive for a new generation of audiences when you donate today. Funds raised through our Annual Gala Presentation make it possible for us to offer students and community centers across New York City access to educational matinees and other musical theater programs. 

Sponsors

Sponsors

Leadership Support is provided by the Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

Related Events

Related Events

ANNUAL GALA | PARADE
Tue Nov 1, 2022
6 PM performance, followed by dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom