In 1913, a tragedy of many aspects happened in Atlanta. Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager, was wrongfully accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl who worked in the pencil factory he oversaw and he was subsequently extrajudicially executed by a lynch mob.
Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and playwright Alfred Uhry (who wrote Driving Miss Daisy) turned Frank’s unjust conviction and lynching into Parade, winner of Tony Awards in 2000 for best book and score.
Locally, co-directors Ed Cohen and Dee Anne Bryll know their way around Parade, having staged it in 2007 for Footlighters in Newport, winning a Cincinnati Entertainment Award as the season’s best community theater production. They’re staging it again, this time at the Carnegie in Covington, casting all roles with musical theater students from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music.
A related Carnegie Gallery exhibition of photography and sculpture has been assembled to complement and enhance this moving staging of Parade.
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through April 21. $19-$26. 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington, 859-957-1940, thecarnegie.com.
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