Tony-Winning Musical on Stage in Toronto

Published: January 3rd 2011
in Culture » Stage

Tracy Michailidis and Michael Therriault

Studio 180 Theatre and Acting Up Stage Company have teamed up to present the Canadian premiere of Parade, on stage until Jan. 22 at The Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs.


Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years), Parade takes place in 1913 in the American South. The play tells the story of Leo Frank, a young Jewish manager of a factory who’s employee has been murdered. The prosecution is able to convince that the wrongly-accused Frank is in fact guilty of the crime. 


Parade is based on a true story, and focuses on one of the most talked-about trials of the early 20th century. The musical recounts both the press frenzy surrounding the case and the public outrage over Frank’s trial and conviction. 


The play premiered in 1998 at the Lincoln Center Theater and won the Tony Award for best book and score. It also won both the New York Critics’ Circle award for best musical and a Drama Desk award. 


Toronto’s production of Parade is directed by Joel Greenberg and stars two-time Dora-winner Michael Therriault as Frank. The play also features Jessica Greenberg, Neil Barclay, Sarite Harris, Alana Hibbert, Daren A. Herbert, Gabrielle Jones, George Masswohl and Mark McGrinder. 


For tickets and more information, visit or call 416-368-3110.

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