Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight in Parade at Mark Taper Forum
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Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project) directs Obie Award-winning writer-performer Daniel Beaty in this solo show spotlighting the life and work of legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. It's the amazing true story of the Columbia Law School graduate and early NFL player, who gained notoriety in London by starring in Show Boat and Othello, and recording deep-voiced renditions of spirituals, like his famed "Ol' Man River." But he was also known as an outspoken civil-rights and social-justice activist who became a target of the McCarthy hearings. Buoyed by a live musical combo, The Tallest Tree in the Forest mixes poetic storytelling with 14 songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," and finds Beaty portraying more than 20 characters, with "signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" (The New York Times). Learn More
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This is a heavy piece with a great cast. Set a century ago, it is absolutely relevant to the nation as it is today. Everybody had great voice, including T.R. Knight, whom I had only seen in on television.
Personal note, I tended to enjoy the fast paced numbers more than the more operatic pieces, that's a mood thing, not a slight on craft. The lighting design was severe.(Intentionally) which definitely painted the tone of the emotional canvas of the play.
Definitely spawned some post show discussions.
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Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Best Music.
“Southern California’s production of the year.” —_Variety
“Brilliant musical… explosive story… a magnificent cast. Catch it before it passes by.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“This freshly conceived production is… an urgent reminder of what contemporary composers are still capable of achieving.” —Los Angeles Times
“…one of the most thrilling evenings of a theater-lover’s lifetime.” —Christian Science Monitor
T.R. Knight, formerly of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will play Leo Frank, with Lara Pulver reprising the role of Lucille Frank in the story recounted in Parade. Knight is known to TV audiences as George on the ABC series. He appeared on Broadway opposite Patti LuPone in the 2001 revival of Noises Off, as well as in Tartuffe and received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in off-Broadway’s Scattergood. Pulver received an Olivier Award nomination for the role in London’s Donmar Warehouse production of Parade and currently appears on the BBC series Robin Hood.
The cast also includes, in alphabetical order, Brad Anderson, Michael Berresse (Obie Award-winner for his work as director/choreographer of [title of show]), Will Collyer, Broadway’s Charlotte d’Amboise (who was nominated for a Tony Award for the role of Cassie in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and is known to L.A. audiences for the role of Roxie Hart in the first national tour of Chicago), Karole Foreman, Davis Gaines, Laura Griffith, P.J. Griffith, Curt Hansen, Deidrie Henry, Christian Hoff (Tony Award-winner for his role in Jersey Boys), Sarah Jayne Jensen, Lisa Livesay, Hayley Podschun, David St. Louis, Rose Sezniak, Phoebe Strole, Josh Tower and Robert Yacko.