This "Parade's" Gone By With Jeremy Jordan | Michael Giltz

February 17, 2015 7:32 AM

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It's been a rough few months -- at least commercially -- for composer Jason Robert Brown and actor Jeremy Jordan. Other projects have not fared as well as they surely hoped. So it must have been sweet release to focus their energies on this: a one-night concert production of Brown's Tony-winning musical Parade. It was a spared-no-expenses evening with a super-sized New York City Chamber Orchestra and a chorus of more than 200 people backing a dream team of Broadway stars and rising talent. It would be financially impossible to mount anything like this in a commercial house and the enthusiastic, eager crowd ate it up.

After an all-too-brief Broadway run, Parade has grown in stature for theater folk, much like Stephen Sondheim's shows often seemed to become hits long after they closed. This complex, sprawling tale of a New York Jew wrongly hanged in Georgia for killing a 13 year old white girl is of course based o...

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