February 25 - March 13


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Book by Alfred Uhry | Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

I’m trapped inside this life and trapped beside a wife who would prefer that I’d say “Howdy!” not “Shalom!” This provocative Tony Award®-winning musical explores the endurance of love, hope, and compassion against seemingly insurmountable odds. Ostracized for his faith, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man, is accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. The whole town turns against him, leaving his wife Lucille as his only defender. A moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, and a gripping courtroom drama, Parade illuminates a circus of conflicting accounts, false testimony, and mishandled evidence in a town reeling with social and racial tension.

Garden Theatre is proud to partner with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida to provide educational talkback opportunities for this important work. Post-show talkbacks will be held on March 3 at 7:30 and March 11 at 7:30. 

Seating will return to full capacity for this production. If you would like to request socially-distanced seating, please contact the Box Office at 407-877-4736 or BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.

Limited concessions will be available during this production.

Content Transparency: Please note this performance of Parade contains themes of racial injustice, suggested sexual content, violence, visual suggestions of death, strobe effects, and flashing lights which some viewers my find distressing.

The Garden Theatre Team will always have the most up-to-date information about each performance. If you would like to know more about safety protocols, show content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might impact your comfort or the comfort of your party, we invite you to contact the Box Office at 407-877-4736.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.


Audience Reviews

“Congratulations to all involved and thank you to the entire cast – for delivering such powerful and emotionally stirring performances. I was blown away.”

“What a wonderfully rich and deep production! The voices, the set, the lighting and the moving story itself! Every element was beautiful. I highly recommend this show.”

“So moving. Great cast. This is one that will stay with me for a long time.”

“Fantastic play. So powerful and well done.”

“Such a powerful show. Saw it this afternoon entire cast did soo good! I can still hear the chorus in my head with the Old Red Hills of Home! The actress playing Lucille: WOW. Brought me to tears singing You Don’t Know This Man. Amazing! And then both of you singing All the Wasted Time, I was sobbing! Thank you for bringing this musical to the community!”

“Bravo. All of the voices were wonderful. And the ending of the show was powerful. I am reading about the case to learn more. Thank you Garden Theatre.”

Critic Reviews

Parade is a highly worthwhile musical — one that demands we think about how we treat others and how we define our community… Parade boasts strong performances and the top-notch technically creative elements that have become hallmarks of the Winter Garden theater.” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“Based on a true story, the Tony-winning show gives rise to one of the playhouse’s all-around strongest productions…Choreographer Roberta Emerson and director Joseph Walsh have achieved a remarkable kinetic energy from beginning to end…  With Parade, The Garden continues to fortify itself as an important space for the art its community needs.” – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld Orlando

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cast & crew


Lucille Frank: Cherry Gonzalez
Leo Frank: Sean Powell
Frankie Epps: Joel Hunt
Mary Phagan: Victoria Salisbury
Hugh Dorsey: Kyle Adkins
Governor John Slaton / Britt Craig / Mr. Peavy: John Gracey
Luther Rosser / Officer Ivey: Joe Llorens
Jim Conley / Newt Lee / Riley: Keenan J. Harris
Tom Watson / Detective Starnes: Landon Summers
Iola Stover / Helen: Madison Poston**
Essie: Lilly Scarlett Reid
Monteen: Brooke Herrera**
Angela / Minola “Minnie” McKnight: Da’Zaria Harris
Judge Roan / Old Soldier: Ron Miles
Mrs. Frances Phagan / Sally Slaton: Amy Sue Hardy
Young Soldier / Guard: Jesse Harris**


Director: Joseph C. Walsh
Associate Director: Faith Boles
Musical Supervisor: Bert Rodriguez
Musical Director: Safin Karim**
Choreographer: Roberta Emerson
Scenic and Props Designer: Joshua E. Gallagher
Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso*
Lighting Designer: George Jackson
Costume Designer: Annie Trombo
Stage Manager: Stephanie Elliott
Assistant Stage Manager: Erica Felton
Assistant Stage Manager: Nico Querino**
*Member, United Scenic Artists
**Apprentice, Daniel Mills Apprenticeship Program


ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Sponsored by: Universal Orlando Resort


Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.