This latest revival is currently at Hope Mill Theatre and here is our review
Hope Mill Theatre is a hidden gem nestled within the mills of Ancoats and only two minutes’ walk from New Islington Metrolink stop. This delightful venue opened last year providing refreshments by day and theatre by night. Their latest production is Jason Robert Brown’s Tony award-winning Parade.
First performed on Broadway on 1998, Parade is a musical dramatisation of the 1913 trial that sees Jewish factory manager Leo Frank convicted for the rape and murder of 13-year- old employee Mary Phagan, a fate sealed by a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony.
James Baker’s excellent staging makes great use of the performance space both in front of and behind the audience, and keeps the audience gripped from one tense moment to the next.
Tom Lloyd leads a strong cast, conveying the gentleness, determination and final acceptance of the ill-fated Leo. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, Lucille, his Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Laura Harrison is mesmerising as Lucille – what a voice! Indeed, the entire cast astound with powerful vocals and haunting harmonies, alongside music from the impressive band led by Tom Chester.
This is not just a tale of injustice; it is a powerful anti-Semitic drama that doesn’t shy away from the persecution of Brooklyn-raised Leo. The original trial split America, re-ignited the Klu Klux Klan and spawned the Jewish civil rights organisation, the Anti-Defamation League.
An emotional powerhouse of soaring music and gentle ballad, catch this faultless, must see production before it closes and discover a new venue with huge possibilities.
Hope Mill Theatre, Pollard Street, Ancoats: May 17 th -June 5 th 2016
Reviewed by Canal-st.co.uk on .
story published on Wed, 18 May 2016
Annie Wallace is Sparkle Patron Sparkle announces Annie Wallace as a patron
Urban and Civic announce plans for Canal St Plot A 351-unit apartment scheme is to be built on Canal St largest and most notorious empty site
Dragonna returns Join Christopher Dresden Styles and team for another fun drag dance fest
Mash up your bean at Flick Churchills again hosts the club night for women
Raw at Sub 101 William Sizen Bell headlines Fake Bitch for Raw club night
Ladyboys return to Manchester in 2017 It just could not be more fabulous! You asked for it and we made it happen!
Dame Janet Suzman to star at Home Academy award nominee Janet Suzman is to perform at Home Manchester this May
Celebrate 20 years of Bear Bash Celebrate the 20th year of Bear Bash in Manchester and honour the heroes of the Emergency Services