The Broadway revival of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade released its cast album March 23. See Charlie Webb and the rest of the cast on stage and in the studio singing the opening number, "The Old Red Hills of Home," in a newly released music video above. The revival continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
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 Georgia in 1913. The opening number, "The Old Red Hills of Home," begins during the Civil War, as a young Confederate soldier goes off to war. The story then fast-forwards 50 years to 1913, establishing the loyalty the denizens of Georgia still have to the old South.
Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond lead the production as Leo and Lucille Frank, respectively. Both return for the Broadway bow after starring in the production's 2022 run at New York City Center, sharing the stage with Jay Armstrong Johnson as Britt Craig, Alex Joseph Grayson as Jim Conley, Sean Allan Krill as Governor Slaton, Paul Alexander Nolan as Hugh Dorsey, Courtnee Carter as Angela, Eddie Cooper as Newt Lee, Howard McGillin as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Stacie Bono as Sally Slayton, Jake Pedersen as Frankie Epps, Kelli Barrett as Mrs. Phagan, Erin Rose Doyle as Mary Phagan, Manoel Felciano as Tom Watson, Danielle Lee Greaves as Minnie McKnight, Douglas Lyons as Riley, Emily Rose DeMartino as Essie and others, Beth Kirkpatrick as Nina Formby, Webb as Young Soldier, 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, William Michals as Detective Starnes, and Jackson Teeley as Officer Ivey.
Rounding out the company as swings are Harry Bouvy, Tanner Callicutt, Bailee Endebrock, Caroline Fairweather, Prentiss E. Mouton, and Aurelia Williams, along with standby Ryan Vona.
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.
Michael Arden directs this most recent Broadway outing, leading a creative team that includes choreographers Christopher Cree Grant and Lauren Yalango-Grant, music director Tom Murray, scenic designer Dane Laffrey, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Heather Gilbert, projection designer Sven Ortel, sound designer Jon Weston, and hair and wig designer Tom Watson reprising their work. Justin Scribner is production stage manager, and casting is by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns.