Parade: Tony Award-Winning Musical from Youth Musical Theater Company
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The last date listed for Parade was Sunday March 6, 2011 / 2:00pm.
Currently at Julia Morgan Theater:
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- $40.00 - $62.00
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- along with some added audience participation and improvised moments. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture tweenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "I'm Not That Smart." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book of a Musical. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from helen schneider
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This production was amazing--one would have thought they sere seeing a Broadway show. It was courageous to mount such an intense story, but these kids pulled it off. Both the singing and acting were top notch; the orchestra's fine playing added to the show. Altogether definitely a 5-star (if not more).
Quotes & Highlights
Download the Youth Musical Theater Company’s Parade study guide.
There is a “talk back” symposium following the February 27 show, with actors, directors, and the Education Director of the SF chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.
Winner of 2 Tony awards and 6 Drama Desk awards, Parade dramatizes the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager, Leo Frank, who was falsely convicted of murdering a thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. The trial, fueled by political ambition and sensationalized by the media, aroused anti-Semitic tensions in Atlanta, Georgia.
Filled with beautiful and evocative music, Parade is at once a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama, a moving love story, a profile in courage and a searing social commentary. The Leo Frank trial and subsequent lynching gave rise to both the Ku Klux Klan (known at the time as the Knights of Mary Phagan), as well as the Anti-Defamation League.
Book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy_), and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway’s most exciting composers (_Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years), Parade brings this defining event in American history to life, and YMTC is thrilled to bring it to Berkeley.