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"Rich in subtle and appealing melodies that draw on a variety of influences, from pop-rock to folk to rhythm and blues and gospel."-Variety Magazine
"Entrancing Tony-winning score."-LA Times
Based on the fascinating true story and courtroom drama surrounding the famous trial of Leo Frank, Parade is a powerful and compelling musical that captures a storied moment in American history. Leo Frank, the meek manager of the National Pencil Factory in Marietta, GA, was falsely accused and charged with a heinous crime. His trial became a national news item and was sensationalized in the press. Dedicated to her husband’s exoneration, Leo’s loving and devoted wife, Lucille, became his greatest advocate. Her tireless quest becomes the foundation of renewed admiration and love between the two. Parade is a story about compassion, devotion and forgiveness. With a score by Jason Robert Brown, this groundbreaking musical won the 1999 Tony award for Best Book and Best Score. Adult themes.
- Director/Choreographer: Brett Smock
- Associate Director/Choreographer: Robin Levine
- Musical Director: Jeff Theiss
- Assistant Musical Director: Jeff Cox
- Scenic Designer: Czerton Lim
- Assistant Scenic Designer: Chad Healy
- Lighting Designer: Jose Santiago
- Costume Designer: Tiffany Howard
- Sound Designer: Kevin Heard
- Wig Designer: Al Annotto
- Production Stage Manager: Becky Lynn Dawson
Book By: ALFRED UHRY
Music & Lyrics by: JASON ROBERT BROWN
Co-Conceived and Directed on Broadway by: HAROLD PRINCE
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
* indicates Talkbacks § indicates Signed Performances
Want to be part of a behind the scenes ALL ACCESS day for PARADE?
This summer we are offering an ALL ACCESS event for adults! Join FLMTF Producing Artistic Director Brett Smock for a tour of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and an intriguing discussion of the story and themes of PARADE. Meet with set, costume, and props designers at our shops to gain insight into their creative processes. The day concludes with dinner at Springside Inn with creative team members and a ticket to that evening’s performance of PARADE.
Alfred Uhry (Book) has the distinguishing honor of being the only American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar award and a Tony award. A graduate of Brown University, Uhry left his native Atlanta for the bright lights of New York City as a newlywed in 1959 to become a lyricist. Struggling to make ends meet for almost twenty years, he hit success in 1976 with “The Robber Bridegroom”- a bawdy Southern fairy tale based on a Eudora Welty story for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. (The Tony went to the writers of “A Chorus Line.”) Ten years later he wrote his first play, the smash hit, Pulitzer Prize-winning “Driving Miss Daisy”. He would later win an Oscar for the movie adaptation starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Soon after, the Olympic Games’ Cultural Olympiad commissioned Uhry to write a play for the Summer 1996 Olympics in his hometown of Atlanta. Thus the Tony Award-winning “Last Night of Ballyhoo” was born. Known for writing charming, engaging yet somewhat quirky Southern characters, Mr. Uhry’s latest endeavor, “Parade” is a darker look at the nuances and history of the South. This chilling true-life story of the lynching of Leo Frank won a second Tony award for Mr. Uhry as Best Book of a Musical in 1999.
Artistic Staff / Musicians
Alfonso Annotto (Wig Designer) Asst. wig designer: From Here to Eternity (North American premiere) at MGR. Hair and Makeup designer: Guys and Dolls, Treasure Island at MGR. Design associate: Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, Broadway; The 25th Annual … Spelling Bee; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett, off-Broadway; Shout! The Mod Musical; I Will Come Back; Putting It Together with Julie Andrews. Broadway supervisor: Wicked with Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey, and Megan Hilty; Into the Woods revival with Vanessa Williams; Copenhagen; Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, and Raquel Welch; Conversations with My Father with Judd Hirsch. Stylist: My Favorite Year; The Phantom of the Opera; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Radio City Easter Show; Les Misérables; Miss Saigon; Two Shakesperean Actors; The Will Rogers Follies; The Producers; The Scarlet Pimpernel 1, 2 &3; Jelly’s Last Jam, off-Broadway; design; I Will Come Back, Stylist, Putting It Together with Julie Andrews and Rachel York; Brownstone.
Julie Bridge (Horn) is Acting Principal Horn of Symphoria, formerly Third/Associate Principal Horn of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, where she had been a member since 1994. She has played with the Dallas, San Antonio, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Harrisburg, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, and Erie orchestras. Julie received her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Bridge currently lives in Dewitt, New York with her husband Robert and their two children John and Grace.
Brad Briscoe (Drums) first worked for MGR in 1991 and has returned many times for all or part of a season. He loves it here and it always feels like coming home when working here. In addition, he has performed regionally at Wolftrap, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Old Globe Theater in San Diego with Scott Bakula, Betty Buckley, Norbert Leo Butz, Deborah Gibson, Dick Latessa, Beth Level, Donna McKechnie, and B.D. Wong, among others. Brad has substituted on over 20 Broadway shows including Big River, Chicago, Cyrano: The Musical, Damn Yankees, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Starlight Express. His Broadway national tour work includes A Chorus Line (Farewell to B’way tour), The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular (starring The Rockettes and Susan Anton), Applause (starring Stephanie Powers), State Fair (starring John Davidson), Dream Girls, Cabaret (starring Terri Hatcher, Jolie Fisher, and Leah Thompson), 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Xanadu. Other touring includes Doctor Dolittle (starring Tommy Tune), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Happy Days, and White Christmas. In addition to playing for musical theater, Brad has toured as concert drummer with Cab Calloway, Sandy Duncan, Della Reese, Tommy Tune, and the Pointer Sisters.
Jeff Cox (Assistant Musical Director) is a pianist, arranger, and conductor based in New York City. His recent credits include Austen’s Pride (music sup. Kevin Stites), Wicked (national tour key 2 sub), and conductor/arranger for Jeremy Stolle’s “The Unreachable Stars.” Regional work includes The Girl Who, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Treasure Island, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza, West Side Story, etc. at FLMTF; Titanic at The Hangar Theatre; Cortland Repertory Theatre; Smokey Mountain Opry. Jeff is a faculty member at AMDA. He holds a master’s degree in conducting from Ithaca College. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and mentors. www.jeffcoxmusic.com
Becky Lynn Dawson* (Production Stage Manager) is from Lehi, Utah. She holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BFA from Utah State University. Becky is thrilled to be returning for Parade and sends many thanks to her family and awesome SM team for their continuing support.
Michael Fittipaldi (Bass) is excited to be a part of MGR’s 2017 Season! Some of his favorite MGR productions include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Altar Boyz, Legally Blonde, The Light in the Piazza, and Million Dollar Quartet. Michael is a member of Symphoria and the Albany Symphony. Michael enjoys free-heel skiing and practicing Parkour with his family at Rochester Parkour. Many thanks to the amazing staff and crew for always making MGR a great place to be!
Chad Healy (Associate Scenic Designer) is delighted to be returning for his third summer. This will be Chad’s sixth time working on Scenic Designer Czerton Lim’s continually impressive designs. He was Czerton’s associate for Crazy For You, Treasure Island, and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical last season, and his assistant for West Side Story and Sweeney Todd the season before that. Last season, he also had the privilege of his first scenic design here at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse with Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Coming up, he is scenic designer for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which he is very excited for.
Kevin Heard (Sound Designer) is honored to be returning to FLMTF after designing From Here to Eternity last season. Broadway (as Associate): All The Way, The Cherry Orchard, The Country House, Sylvia. Kevin has a dozen off-Broadway design credits and has designed many productions regionally and internationally with companies including The 5th Avenue, ACT Theatre, ArtsEmerson, Asolo Rep, Atlantis (Manila), George Street, The Guthrie, INTIMAN, Ordway, Ogunquit Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakes, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Teatro ZinZanni, TUTS, Village Theatre, and more. Founder of design firm Heard Audio, LLC. www.HeardAudio.com
Heidi Hoffman (Cello) made her debut as soloist with the Seattle Symphony at the age of 17. She received her Bachelor of Music and Performers Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, and an MM and DMA from Stony Brook University. As a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center, Heidi performed under conductors Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. She has performed in North and South America, Europe, and Japan with such diverse groups as the American Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the new music group Ensemble X, as well as with the rock bands Paige and Plant, and Heart. Ms. Hoffman has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and has served on the faculties of Ithaca College, Wells College, and Cornell University. She has recorded for the Albany and Fleur de Son labels, and her teachers have included Alan Harris, Timothy Eddy, and Julius Levine.
Robin Levine (Associate Director/Choreographer) Credits include Anything Goes, From Here To Eternity (North American Premiere), Mad Libs Live (New World Stages), Tommy, Freewheelers (World Premiere), The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee, Rock of Ages, 42nd Street, Suds, The Addams Family, All Shook Up, and Funny Girl, as well as numerous film projects and live events. Performing credits include Mamma Mia (Broadway), The Pirate Queen (Pre-Broadway), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York), I Love Bob (Joyce Soho), and The Tony Awards. She is an ensemble member of A Broken Umbrella Theatre, an award-winning theatre company dedicated to the creation of new works. She has also been on faculty at Steps On Broadway, Cap21, and AMDA NY. www.robin-levine.com
Czerton Lim (Scenic Designer) has designed for MGR since 2000 and is ecstatic to be back for his 14th summer season at the Finger Lakes. Recent MGR credits include last year’s productions of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Treasure Island, and Crazy for You, along with Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, On The Town, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, and Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. His NYC credits include Storm Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, National Asian-American Theatre Company, Theatre Mitu/NYU-Abu Dhabi, and NY Musical Theatre Festival. He currently teaches Scene Design and other related topics at SUNY Fredonia. A proud member of USA Local 829, he is originally from the Philippines. www.czlimdesign.com
Jeannine McGreevy-Abbott (Viola) is a graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She performs regularly with Symphoria and in pit orchestras in the Syracuse area. Most recently she played in the pit orchestra for the national touring company’s production of Phantom of the Opera. Jeannine maintains a large private studio and is the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra Director at Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School. Jeannine is very excited to be making her MGR debut!
James R. Spadafore (Reed) is excited to be playing in the pit with such outstanding conductors and musicians. As a freelance musician, James has performed with the likes of Marvin Hamlish, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Ben Vareen, Bob Hope, Petula Clark, The Fifth Dimension, The Spinners, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. As a pit musician, Mr. Spadafore has performed with the national touring companies of City of Angels, The King And I, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan, Big, Chicago, The Producers, Hairspray, Spamalot, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful: The Carol King Story, and Motown the Musical. Mr. Spadafore is currently a member of the “Stan Colella Orchestra” and has performed at Syracuse Stage. James resides in Liverpool, N.Y. and wishes to thank his parents Pat and Fran, his three children Joel, Crista, and Samantha, and his significant other Betsey who inspires him each and every day.
Matt Van Slyke* (AEA Assistant Stage Manager) has been an ASM with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse since the summer of 2013 and is thrilled to be spending another summer with the Festival. Other MGR credits include Guys and Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet, Crazy for You, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Outside MGR, Matt has been an SM PA for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nashville Tour 2013, 2014), stage managed many readings at The New York Theater Workshop and Lark Play Development Center in NYC, and most recently, Stage Managed Titan Theatre Company’s King Lear at Queens Theater in the Park. Matt is a graduate of Ohio University with BFAs in Acting and Stage Management. Many thanks to his team and crew for remembering the bottom of the list. Ball Change.
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society