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Review: Parade

By Antipodeanblog @antipodeanblog
Review: Parade
Parade is renowned composer Jason Robert Brown's first show. You wouldn't know it. It covers the controversial subject matter of the 1913 trial of an uptight Jewish factory manager in the Deep South for the rape and murder of a 13 year old employee.
The story hints at The Crucible with its exploration of how the speculation of spooked townfolk can unearth deep prejudice in a community and lead to an irrational demand for a scapegoat.
Southwark Playhouse's Vault provides the perfect environment for the story to unfold under the brick arches of London Bridge station. It breathes history. The stage is in the center of the room, with the audience along the two long walls and large set pieces at either end. This dynamic surrounding reinforces the assertion that the audience are the jury in the case of Leo Frank.
The music is typical Jason Robert Brown. Deep without being obtuse. Simple without being basic. Tender and confrontational in equal measure at all the right moments.
The acting was superb. Alastair Brookshaw's portrayal of Leo Frank was nuanced and didn't shy away from presenting the character's flaws. But the show really belongs to Laura Pitt-Pulford as Frank's wife Lucille. She's given a chance to demonstrate her immense talent in the character progression from sappy southern housewife to a strong, resourceful woman of conviction. This is one of the best female roles in musical theatre, and Pitt-Pulford's performance is among the best I have seen.
Challenging. Inspiring. Chilling. Thought provoking. This one will have you thinking about it for weeks afterwards.
Review: Parade

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