After playing to 102.66% capacity crowds in its final week, the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade played its last performance August 6. Directed by Michael Arden, the production officially opened March 16 after beginning previews February 21.
After the company took their final bows, both composer Brown and director Arden delivered speeches on the stage of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
"All of us who do this...do this to be a part of the history," said Brown. "We all talk about the theatre community and the Broadway community, but it's also that we get to walk on the same stages and walk with all these incredible ghosts...It's been an immense privilege to get to carry this history and to bring Leo and Lucille and Mary Phagan's history to this stage."
Watch Brown and Arden's heartfelt speeches, as well as the company of Parade taking their final bows, in the video above.
The production came to Broadway following a 2022 run at New York City Center. Much of the cast from that production continued to Broadway, including Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond as Leo and Lucille Frank, respectively.
Also starring in Parade were Alex Joseph Grayson as Jim Conley, Sean Allan Krill as Governor Slaton, Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Britt Craig, Howard McGillin as Old Soldier and Judge Roan, Courtnee Carter as Angela, Eddie Cooper as Newt Lee, Jake Pedersen as Frankie Epps, Kelli Barrett as Mrs. Phagan, Erin Rose Doyle as Mary Phagan, Stacie Bono as Sally Slaton, Manoel Felciano as Tom Watson, Danielle Lee Greaves as Minnie McKnight, Douglas Lyons as Riley, Florrie Bagel as Nurse, Max Chernin as Mr. Turner, Christopher Gurr as Luther Rosser/Mr. Peavy, Ashlyn Maddox as Monteen and Others, Sophia Manicone as Iola Stover, Emily Rose DeMartino as Essie and others, Beth Kirkpatrick as Nina Formby, Charlie Webb as Young Soldier, William Michals as Detective Starnes, and Jackson Teeley as Officer Ivey.
Parade tells 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. It features a score by Brown and a book by Uhry.
Originally directed by Harold Prince, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1998, receiving nine 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 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.
The revival earned six 2023 Tony nominations, winning two, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Arden.
Arden's creative team was largely reunited for the Broadway bow, with choreographer Christopher Cree Grant (newly joined by co-choreographer Lauren Yalango-Grant), 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 reprising their work. New for the Broadway bow were sound designer Jon Weston and production stage manager Justin Scribner. The production was cast by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns, who also handled the City Center run.