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Broadway News Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond Bringing Parade Back to Broadway

The pair starred in the Jason Robert Brown-Alfred Uhry musical in a limited run at New York City Center last year.

Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt in New York City Center’s Gala Presentation of Parade
Micaela Diamond and Ben Platt in New York City Center’s Gala Presentation of Parade Joan Marcus

Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade is coming back to Broadway for its first revival following a limited run at New York City Center last year. Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond will reprise their performances from the City Center run, with Michael Arden returning to direct.

Performances will begin February 21 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with opening night set for March 16. The strictly limited engagement will continue through August 6. Tickets are currently on sale.

Telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1913, Parade features a score by Brown and a book by Uhry. Platt and Diamond will star as Leo Frank and his wife, Lucille Frank, respectively, with additional casting to be announced.

Watch Platt and Diamond sing the show's "This Is Not Over Yet" in a new promo music video:

Originally directed by Harold Prince, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1998, receiving nine 1999 Tony nominations and winning two, for its book and score. In the years since, a major revision premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2007, which later played Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum in 2009. The upcoming revival uses the revisions from the work's London premiere. The sold-out gala engagement at New York City Center ran November 1–6, 2022, with Brown conducting the orchestra. Read reviews for that run here.

Arden's creative team has largely been reunited for the Broadway bow, with music director Tom Murray, scenic designer Dane Laffrey, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Heather Gilbert, projection designer Sven Ortel, and hair and wig designer Tom Watson set to reprise their work. Christopher Cree Grant, who choreographed the City Center run, will be joined by co-choreographer (and wife) Lauren Yalango-Grant. Newly joining the team are sound designer Jon Weston and production stage manager Justin Scribner. The production is being cast by Telsey+Co's Craig Burns, who also handled the City Center run.

“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," shares Uhry and Brown in a statement. "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.”

“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," adds Arden. "Parade has been a seminal piece of theatre 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.”

Parade's Broadway run will be produced by Seaview and Ambassador Theatre Group.

Visit ParadeBroadway.com.

See Ben Platt, Micaela Diamond, More in Parade at New York City Center

 
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