The Kentwood Players theater group will present the Tony Award-winning musical Parade beginning Friday, March 18 through April 23 at the Westchester Playhouse.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester.
Parade is a musical based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was convicted in 1913 of the brutal rape and murder of Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old factory worker in Atlanta. Based on the book by Alfred Uhry, with lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Parade is a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama, a moving love story and a searing social commentary, a Kentwood Players spokesperson said.
The musical won Tony Awards for best book and best score (out of nine nominations) and six Drama Desk Awards.
The production is directed by Ben Lupejkis and produced by Victoria and Rocky Miller with special permission from Music Theatre International.
Enhanced by its evocative score, the musical’s events surround the investigation and trial that led to the birth of a premier Jewish civil rights organization, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which was formed in response to the anti-Semitism surrounding Frank’s trial and its aftermath. The trial also gave birth to a group called the Knights of Mary Phagan, later to become a revitalized Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
The cast features Ryan Black, Elizabeth A. Bouton, Monica Allan, Giana Bommarito, Patricia Butler, Klair Bybee, MarLee Candell, Kim Dalton, Harold Dershimer, Martin Feldman, Jessee Foudray, Lawrence Hatcher, Ed McBride, Rocky Miller, Roy T. Okida, Catherine Rahm, Galen Schloming, Unique Shanklin, Dawn Smithey, Jeremy Speed Schwartz, and Marcus Alan Wynn.
Tickets are $23, with a $2 discount for seniors, students and servicemen. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.