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Parade

Music: Jason Robert Brown
Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Book: Alfred Uhry
Opened: December 17, 1998
At: Vivian Beaumont Theatre

Awards: 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Best New Musical, and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Musical


Parade is a production, and this is a general overview of that production. Parade was co-conceived and directed by Hal Prince.

SynopsisEdit

Act IEdit

This is a summary of act I.

Act IIEdit

This is a summary of act II.

Song ListEdit

  • The Old Red Hills of Home ~Young Soldier/Ensemble
  • The Dream of Atlanta ~Ensemble
  • How Can I Call This Home ~Leo
  • The Picture Show ~Frankie Epps/Mary Phagan
  • Leo at Work/What Am I Waiting For? ~Leo/Lucille
  • Interrogation
  • Funeral: There is a Fountain/It Don't Make Sense ~Frankie Epps/Ensemble
  • Real Big News ~Britt Craig/Ensemble
  • You Don’t Know This Man ~Lucille
  • Hammer of Justice ~Tom Watson/Ensemble
  • Twenty Miles from Marietta ~Dorsey
  • Frankie's Testimony ~Frankie Epps
  • The Factory Girls/Come Up To My Office ~Leo
  • My Child Will Forgive Me ~Mrs Phagan
  • That’s What He Said ~Jim Conley/Ensemble
  • It’s Hard To Speak My Heart ~Leo
  • Summation & Cakewalk
  • A Rumblin' and a Rollin' ~Riley/Angela
  • Do It Alone~Lucille
  • Pretty Music ~Governor Jack Slaton
  • Letter to the Governor
  • This Is Not Over Yet ~Leo
  • Feel the Rain Fall ~Jim Conley & Male Ensemble
  • Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes? ~Tom Watson/Hugh Dorsey/Ensemble
  • All The Wasted Time ~Leo/Lucille
  • Sh'ma ~Leo
  • Finale

ProductionsEdit

This describes any professional productions of the show that have taken place, be they Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway, Touring, etc.

Character ListEdit

This is a list of all prominent characters.

MALES:

Leo Frank: (Bari-Tenor, Low G-High G) 29-31, lead role. Northern Jewish man who runs the National Pencil Factory and is falsely accused of the rape and murder of Mary Phagan

Jim Conley: (Tenor, Low D-High Bb) 20s. African-American janitor who works for Leo at the National Pencil Factory. A drunk and a convicted felon, as well as a master manipulator.

Britt Craig: (Tenor, Low D-High A) 20s/30s. Down-on-his luck newspaper man, whose career is revived by the Leo Frank trial.

Tom Watson: (Baritone/Bass) 30s/40s. Conservative politician and publisher, who helps to spur on the witch-hunt for Leo Frank.

Frankie Epps: (Tenor, Low Bb-High Ab) Teens. Mary’s friend and love interest.

Governor Jack Slaton: (Bari-Tenor, Low C-High G) 30s/40s. Governor of Georgia who pardons Leo Frank.

Hugh Dorsey: (Bari-Bass) 30s/40s. Prosecutor in the Leo Frank case, desperate for a conviction.

Newt Lee: (Bass, Low Bb-C) 40s/50s. African-American night watchman at the National Pencil Factory. Finds Mary Phagan’s body.

Judge Roan: (Bass, Low Bb-D) 50s/60s. Judge in the Leo Frank Case.

Luther Rosser: (Any voice part) 30s/40s/50s. Leo Frank’s lawyer, comes off as a blithering idiot.

Fiddlin’ John Carson: (Tenor, G-High A) 20s. First recorded country singer, who wrote popular songs about the Leo Frank Trial.

Young Soldier: (Tenor, Low D-High F [High A in falsetto]) Teens/20s. Young confederate soldier.

Old Soldier: (Bari-Tenor, Low C-High G) 50s/60s. Old man who was formerly the young confederate soldier.

Riley: (Baritone) 20s. African-American servant.

J.N. Starnes: (Any voice part). 20s/30s/40s. Police officer assigned to the case.

Officer Ivey: (Any voice part). 20s/30s/40s. Police officer assigned to the case.

Prison Guard: (Any voice part). 20s/30s/40s. Guards Leo Frank’s cell in Fulton.

Floyd McDaniel: (Any voice part). 20s/30s/40s. Local bartender, Irish.

Mr. Peavy: (Any voice part). 20s/30s/40s. Guards Leo Frank’s cell in Milledgeville.


FEMALES:

Lucille Frank: (Mezzo, Low A-D) 20s. Leo’s wife.

Mary Phagan: (Mezzo, D-D) 14. Young girl who is killed at the National Pencil Factory.

Mrs. Phagan: (Alto, Low F#-Bb*) 30s/40s. Mary’s mother.

Iola Stover: (Soprano, D-F) Teens. Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

Monteen: (Mezzo, Eb-Eb) Teens. Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

Essie: (Mezzo, Eb-Eb) Teens. Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

Lizzie Phagan: (Soprano) 30s/40s. Mary’s Aunt

Angela: (Mezzo) 20s. African-American servant.

Sally Slaton: (Any voice part) 20s/30s. Wife of Governor Slaton.

  • The Donmar recording changes the key of “My Child Will Forgive Me” from C Major to Eb Major, changing Mrs. Phagan’s range to Low A-D.

Amateur ProductionsEdit

This is a place to list community, high school, semi-professional, etc. productions, along with the dates.

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