Sunday May 26, 2013 / 2:00pmParade
Lower Balcony Special
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PARADE, a daring musical about racism and murder in Georgia, packs its powerful punch because the issues it depicts are factual. Jeff Skowron sings his heart out as the leading character, and among many memorable performers, Rufus Bonds Jr. from the original Broadway production was a standout. Equally impressive was the staging by young director T.J. Dawson. This sprawling musical, with its complex musical score, multiple scene changes, and its massive cast can be challenge for the hardiest of seasoned professionals. Dawson did a spectacular job with this difficult material. The producers, 3D Theatricals, have planned an entire season of large-scale musicals at this venue. If they can maintain the caliber set by PARADE, I'll surely return with more friends! My only complaint: apparently, the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton was not designed for the presentation of Broadway-scale musicals. The rake in the auditorium is insufficient for viewing, especially if a tall person occupies the seat ahead of you. Sit in the balcony (where the acoustics are great) or sit in the prime seats in the orchestra. (And if you're six feet tall, please sit in back!)