Capital University's Conservatory of Music presents the musical Parade this weekend at Mees Hall Auditorium.
The late Harold Prince, the King Midas of Broadway, conceived Parade based on historical events. Co-conceived and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, Parade depicts a part of America as it was just over 100 years ago.
Atlanta erupts when a young girl is found murdered in a pencil factory on Confederate Memorial Day in 1913, and a Jewish businessman is accused of the crime. This Tony Award-winning musical explores injustice in America, forcing audiences to confront hard truths through an empathetic score and powerful storytelling. The show opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center on December 17, 1998. Touring companies, New York revivals and a run in the West End followed.
Parade is based on the true story of Leo Frank. A Georgia-based businessman, Frank was unjustly accused of murdering Mary Phagan, a young girl in his employ. Frank was Jewish at a time when it was hard to be different from the surrounding society.
Found guilty and sentenced to death, Frank later had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment.
That did not satisfy those who lynched him on August 17, 1915.
Joshua Borths, director of opera and music theater at the Capital University Conservatory, explains how such a harrowing story becomes a transformative work for the stage.
This is a large scaled work based on the book by Alfred Uhry, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
Bill Boggs conducts. Joshua Borths stages the production. The choral preparation is by Lynda Hasseler.
Performances at Mees Hall Auditorium, Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Presented with permission from Musical Theatre International
Tickets are $20.00. *Tickets are free for Students, Faculty & Staff with Capital ID
Tickets and information:
Friday, October 25th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 26th @ 7:30pm