Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Broadway Update: Parade Revival with Ben Platt

Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt in
Parade which will transfer to Broadway
after its NYCC run.
Credit: Joan Marcus

Tony winner Ben Platt will return to Broadway in a revival of
Parade, reprising his role from the New York City Center limited run of the musical based on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager who was accused of raping and murdering his employee 13-year-old Mary Phagan. Platt who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen will be joined by his City Center co-star Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show) who plays Frank's wife. Parade opened at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1998 and ran for 84 performances. It was nominated for nine Tonys and won for Alfred Uhry's book and Jason Robert Brown's score, and won six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical. Platt is also currently filming Richard Linklater's screen version of Merrily We Roll Along.

Parade, directed by Michael Arden (Once on This Island, Deaf West's revival of Spring Awakening) will begin previews on Feb. 21 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater and open on March 16 for a limited run until Aug. 6. 

Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown said, "Twenty-five years ago, we were honored to bring the story of Leo Frank to the musical stage, guided by our visionary director, Hal Prince. It was an extraordinary gift to watch a whole new audience connect with Parade at City Center under the thrilling direction of a new visionary: Michael Arden. We couldn't be more grateful that this production is now moving to Broadway, where even more people will get to see Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond deliver phenomenal performances and lead this large and gifted cast."

Director Michael Arden said, "I am delighted that Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's musical will be seen by Broadway audiences again after our brief run last fall. Parade has been a seminal piece of theater for me as an artist since it premiered 25 years ago, and to be collaborating with this incredible group of producers, designers, and artists led by the brilliant Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond is truly a dream come true. The story of Leo Frank is more important than ever to re-examine, and it is my hope that audiences are both inspired and activated to reflect on both the past failure and the enduring promise of the complicated tapestry we call America."

In a joint statement, the producers of Parade said, "Jason Robert Brown's and Alfred Uhry's masterpiece, Parade, is one of the most beloved musicals of the past 25 years. Whenever you mention the show to a theater fan, they light up talking about the first time they saw a production or heard a recording. At City Center, Michael Arden mounted a magnificent production with incandescent performances from Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond that had audiences enraptured. We are overjoyed that we can bring this to Broadway so more people can experience Parade anew."

Here's a rundown of upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway shows:

2022-23 Broadway/Off-Broadway Schedule
February--The Trees (Playwrights Horizons)
Feb. 2--Endgame (Irish Repertory Theater)
Feb. 9--Pictures from Home (Studio 54)
Feb. 16--The Wanderers (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
Feb. 23--The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (BAM)
Feb. 27--Elyria (Atlantic Theater Company)
Feb. 28--The Seagull/Woodstock NY (The New Group/Signature Theatre)
March--Regretfully So the Birds Are (Playwrights Horizons)
March 1--the best we could (a family tragedy) (MTC/City Center Stage I)
March 8--Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Keen Company/Theater Row)
March 9--A Doll's House (Hudson)
March 13--The Coast Starlight (Lincoln Center/Mitzi Newhouse)
March 15--The Harder They Come (Public)
March 16--Parade (Bernard B. Jacobs)
March 19--Dancin' (Music Box)
March 23--Bad Cinderella (Imperial)
March 26--Sweeney Todd (Lunt-Fontanne)
March 30--Life of Pi (Schoenfeld)
April 4--Shucked (Nederlander)
April 12--Fat Ham (AA)
April 13--Camelot (Lincoln Center/Vivian Beaumont)
April 19--Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Barrymore)
April 20--The Thanksgiving Play (Second Stage/Hayes)
April 23--Prime Facie (Golden)
April 24--Good Night, Oscar (Belasco)
April 25--Summer, 1976 (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) 
April 26--New York, New York (St. James)
April 29--Fuenta Ovejuna (TFANA/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)
May 4--Primary Trust (Roundabout/Laura Pels) (previews begin; opening TBA)
May 16--King James (MTC/City Center Stage I)
May--Wet Brain (Playwrights Horizons)
June 22--Once Upon a One More Time (Marquis)
July 9--Orpheus Descending (TFANA/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)
Aug. 3--Back to the Future (Marquis)

2022-23 (no dates or theaters yet)
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Black Orpheus, Come Fall in Love--The DDLJ Musical, Pal Joey, Square One

Winter 2022-23
Dark Disabled Stories (Public)

Spring 2023 
Good Bones (Public)
Shadow/Land (Public)

Fall 2023
Merrily We Roll Along
Poor Yella Rednecks (MTC/City Center Stage II)

2023, 2024 and Beyond
Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby, Frida, the Musical, High Noon, The Mousetrap

Future--The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody's Talking About Jamie; The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation; Harmony; I Need That; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; Lempicka; Back to the Future; Our Town; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; Sing Street; Smash; Soul Train; What a Wonderful World; The Who's Tommy; Working Girl

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