The Jason Robert Brown fan in me had a serious squeefest when I was invited to attend the Press Night of this new production of “Parade” at the Southwark Playhouse Vaults.
First, a note about the theatre. I adore these little “under the railway arch” type theatres and this one is one to add to my list of theatres I love. Such a beautiful space, which was used perfectly for this production. Being an arch, I worried about the sound, but I needn’t have worried as I found as soon as I sat down that even people on the other side of the room could be heard as if they were sitting right next to me.
Parade tells the story of Brooklyn born Jew Leo Frank, who is falsely accused and convicted for the murder of a young girl. A true story based in 1913 Atlanta, Georgia, this show was nominated for nine Tony Awards during its first previews on Broadway in 1998. Today, 17th August 2011 marks 96 years since Leo Frank died so seeing the show was particularly poignant….
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