If you're looking for your next theatre experience, PARADE is one not to miss. For the first time in almost ten years, Sydney University's MUSE brings this iconic and Tony-winning musical back to the Sydney stage.
Written by the acclaimed Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry, PARADE is based on true events that inspired the formation of the Anti-Defamation League and deals with social themes that are extremely relevant to today's political climate, such as justice, vigilantism and the dangers of a community that gives in to xenophobia.
Set in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913, PARADE follows the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man who, amidst struggling to adjust to life in Atlanta, finds himself the scapegoat suspect in the murder trial of a young girl. What follows is a harrowing story of prejudice and injustice as Frank is condemned, not only for the crime, but for his faith.
Under Tonazzi's direction, this production breaks from the typical mould. "It is not uncommon for productions of PARADE to portray Leo Frank as an entirely innocent man who becomes a product of an ugly town full of hate," says Tonazzi. His vision for the show is focused less on the question of Frank's innocence and more on crimes against identity, making the audience "aware of the individual, and how individuality should be valued rather than become the reason for someone's demise".
With over seventy-five people involved (including Australian X-Factor contestant Naisa Lasalosi), PARADE is set to be the biggest production in MUSE's history.
When and Where Performances will take place in the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, March 21-24.
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