Parade: Award-Winning Musical at Ford's Theatre
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Featured review from James LytleRed Velvet
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Having seen “Parade” before, I knew what I was in for, and I found this production in concept good. My problems with the show were mostly with its execution.
First, “Parade” is not a perfect work. It’s very long first act is difficult and spotty in its ability to draw the audience into the story. The very large cast of key players requires a very long prologue, and without very sharp direction in the first act, information offered in the second act of the show can seem to come out of left field. The only issue I took with the show’s concept was that in the first act, the director failed to draw the audience towards the Jim Conley character as a plausible perpetrator of the crime. In the production of the show that I saw in Boston in 2007, that was accomplished, and as a consequence I was more nearly drawn into the first act of the show, and the magnificent chain-gang number in the second act makes complete sense.
It’s a matter of nuance, and in this production that nuance is missing, and the very talented actor playing Jim Conley was not required to give us the necessary glimpse of pure evil the scene in which he is forced to testify against Leo Frank requires.
The problems I had with execution lie mostly with the way that sound for the show was engineered. I thought the whole thing was way too loud, and often the amplification caused the singers to be unintelligible. The orchestra was far too loud throughout the entire night, but some actors were overly amplified and others were under amplified. The Ford Theater needs to bet a better sound engineer, and the theater managers need to realize that if at any time the sound seems to be too much, they need to bring the levels down. The show was so loud that it caused me to be pulled away from emotional involvement with the story unfolding on the stage, which made for a so-so night in the theater. “Parade” is a show that can offer one a truly cathartic experience. “Parade” is a show that should be brassy and sentimental, all at the same time. This “Parade” hits the right notes, for the most part, but it does not succeed at being cathartic, simply because it is too loud.
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This 1999 double TONY winner (best book, best score) was given a first-class treatment by Ford's Theatre (and Theatre J). The book, written by Alfred Uhry and based on a true story about prejudice, anti-semitism and mob violence in 1913 Georgia,...continued
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It started out really weak. I was sitting there thinking that this surely wasn't London. Then it started picking up and I started hearing some songs I liked. The Leo Frank character was able to make a major shift in persona at one point. ...continued
The Tony Award-winning musical drama Parade is based on the true story of Leo Frank’s trial and lynching in early 20th-century Atlanta. Ostracized for his faith and Northern heritage, Jewish factory manager Leo Frank is accused of murdering a teenaged factory girl the day of the annual Confederate Memorial Day parade. Alfred Uhry’s award-winning book and Jason Robert Brown’s rousing, colorful and haunting score illuminate a circus of conflicting accounts, false testimony and mishandled evidence in a town reeling with social and racial tension. Isolated from the world, Leo develops a new and deeper love for his wife, who tirelessly crusades for his freedom. Stephen Rayne (The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Sabrina Fair) directs this compelling and provocative tale of justice miscarried, revealing a country at odds with its declarations of equality. Tony Award-nominee Euan Morton stars as Leo Frank.
Part of the Lincoln Legacy Project, a five-year effort to create a dialogue in our nation’s capital around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. __
Parade__ is a co-production with Theater J and presented in association with the __Lincoln Legacy __partners.