BoHo Theatre


Parade poster


Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Linda Fortunato
Music Direction by Matt Deitchman

Oct 17 – Nov 16, 2014

presented at Theater Wit

In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, was put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, Leo’s fate is sealed by a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony. His one beacon of hope is his Southern wife, Lucille, who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is a Tony award-winning musical filled with rousing songs and a heart-wrenching story that celebrates the perserverance of love and hope against racism and intolerance. Following on its success with complex musicals such as Floyd Collins and Kiss of the Spider Woman, BoHo delivers this epic real-life story with attention to the relationships that help us keep our world together.

  • Leo Frank: Jim Deselm
  • Lucille Frank: Sarah Bockel
  • Minnie/Angela: Angela Alise
  • Dorsey: Scott Danielson
  • Frankie: Cole Doman
  • Mary/Essie: Peyton Tinder
  • Monteen: Rachel Shapiro
  • Iola: Lillie Cummings
  • Jim Conley: Eric Lewis
  • Newt Lee: Lorenzo Rush Jr.
  • Sally/Mrs. Phagan: Christa Buck
  • Watson: Michael Potsic
  • Craig/Young Soldier: Nathan Carroll
  • Slaton/Rosser: Russell Alan Rowe
  • Judge Roan/Old Soldier: Rus Rainear
  • Producers: Kaela Altman & Meg Love
  • Scenic Design: Patrick Ham
  • Lighting Design: Brian Hoehne
  • Costume Design: Matt Guthier
  • Properties Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Stage Manager: Dalton Long

Parade Videos


Rehearsal teasers

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Rave reviews for Parade:

"VERY WELL SUNG... There is much young talent in this ensemble"
Chicago Tribune

"PACKED WITH TALENT... skillfully directed by Linda Fortunato, with expert music direction by Matt Deitchman... brings a chapter in American history to life as only an inspired musical can do." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Chicago Sun-Times

"The company performs the show’s difficult music with great facility... BoHo Theatre’s Parade is a thought-provoking and thrilling work..."
Dueling Critics

"Stirring and strident... heartwrenching" RECOMMENDED
Chicago Reader

"wonderfully layered performances and pwerhouse vocals"
Chicago Stage Standard

"Heartbreaking... There is not a single weak performance in this production"
New City Stage

"Heartbreakingly powerful... BoHo... has the chops to tell a story that moves, inspired, and entertains"
Chicagoland Musical Theatre