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The musical dramatizes the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused and convicted of rapingand murdering a thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. The trial, sensationalized by the media, arousedantisemitic tensions in Atlanta and the U.S. state of Georgia. When Frank's death sentence was commuted to life in prison by the departing Governor of Georgia, John M. Slaton due to his detailed review of over 10,000 pages of testimony and possible problems with the trial, Leo Frank was transferred to a prison in Milledgeville, Georgia, where alynching party seized and kidnapped him. Frank was taken to Phagan's hometown of Marietta, Georgia, and he washanged from an oak tree. The events surrounding the investigation and trial led to two groups emerging, the revival of the defunct KKK and the birth of a premier Jewish Civil Rights organization. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was formed in response to the antisemitism surrounding Leo Frank's trial and lynching. Parade is a musical with a book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. The musical was first produced on Broadway at theVivian Beaumont Theater on December 17, 1998. The production was directed by Harold Prince and closed February 28, 1999, after 39 previews and only 84 regular performances. It starred Brent Carver as Leo Frank, Carolee Carmello as Lucille Frank, and Christy Carlson Romano as Mary Phagan.

The musical won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score (out of nine nominations) and six Drama Desk Awards. The show has enjoyed a U.S. national tour and numerous professional and amateur productions in both the U.S. and abroad. Source: Wikipedia

Performed by Ezekiel Davis at The District Theatre. Rock Island, IL Year 2012

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