The Story
Parade
Music & Lyrics
JASON ROBERT BROWN

Book
ALFRED UHRY
The musical concerns the real-life 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused of raping and murdering a 13 year old employee, Mary Phagan. The trial, sensationalized by the media, aroused anti-Semitic tensions in Atlanta and the U.S. state of Georgia. When Frank's sentence was commuted due to possible problems with the trial, and he was transferred to a prison in Milledgeville, Georgia, a lynching party broke him out of the prison. Frank was taken to Phagan's hometown of Marietta, Georgia, and he was hanged. The Anti-Defamation League was formed partly in response to the Leo Frank trial.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Brent Carver, Carolle Carmelo and the original Broadway company perform 'This Is Not Over Yet' and 'The Old Red Hills of Home' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
All The Wasted Time
Brent Carver & Carolee Carmello
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE - Marietta, Georgia (1913)

At a parade commemorating the Southern perspective on the American Civil War, Leo Frank, a northern 'Yankee', alone in his Judaism, is deeply uncomfortable in the town in which he works. His discomfort is shared by Britt Craig, a local journalist bored by the same old stories in the area. Meanwhile, two local children, Frankie Epps and Mary Phagan talk. Frankie wants Mary to go to the picture show with him, but Mary playfully resists, insisting her mother won't let her. Mary leaves to collect her pay from the pencil factory managed by Frank.

Frank's wife Lucille bemoans the state of their marriage, believing herself unappreciated by a man so wrapped up in his work and himself. Mary Phagan is found raped and murdered in the basement of the factory and the local police immediately turn to Newt Lee, an African-American night watchman also working at the factory. Throughout his interrogation he maintains his innocence but inadvertently directs the suspicion of the police upon Frank, who didn't answer his telephone when Lee called him to report the incident. Mary's funeral is a focal point for the rage of the townspeople of Marietta. Epps swears revenge, and Craig exalts in his new-found opportunity to cover a 'real' story. A trial ensues, and Leo Frank finds himself subject to various accusations of molestation and harassment. Frank is desperate to interject but his lawyer insists he stay silent, assuring Frank he has a plan. As prosecutor Hugh Dorsey whips the observers and jurors at the trial into a frenzy, Frank is given his chance to defend himself. He offers a heartfelt speech, pleading to be believed, but it is not enough. He is found guilty and sentenced to hang


ACT TWO - After the trial

The African-American population of Marietta air their grievances regarding the public reaction to the trial, both locally and nationwide. The trial has been noted by the press in the north, and the reaction is strongly disapproving of the way in which it was conducted. Lucille Frank has been working to get word to the governor of Georgia in order to gain a retrial or at least a reprieve from the noose, but Leo is unimpressed. Lucille reacts angrily and offers Leo a chance to continue without her help. Leo relents, and Lucille speaks to the governor as an advocate for Leo.

The governor, under pressure from all sides, agrees to commute Frank's sentence to life in prison away in Milledgeville, Georgia, which elates Leo and Lucille Frank but enrages the Marietta residents, still baying for blood. Leo realizes his deep love for his wife and how much he has underestimated her, but after Lucille departs the prison a party of masked men arrive and remove Leo from the prison. They return him to Marietta and hang him. Lucille is crushed by her sudden loss but takes comfort in believing that Leo is with God and free from his ordeal.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer LINCOLN CENTER THEATER
Associate Producer LIVENT INC
Direction HAROLD PRINCE
Musical Staging PATRICIA BIRCH
Orchestrations DON SEBESKY
Scenic Design RICCARDO HERNANDEZ
Costume Design JUDITH DOLAN
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design JONATHAN DEANS
Cast
Leo Frank BRENT CARVER
Lucille Frank CAROLEE CARMELLO
Jim Conley RUFUS BONDS, JR.
Mary Phagan CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO
Britt Craig EVAN PAPPAS
Hugh Dorsy HERNDON LACKEY
Tom Watson JOHN LESLIE WOLFE
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

The Old Red Hills of HomeYoung Soldier, Old Soldier and Ensemble
The Dream of AtlantaEnsemble
How Can I Call This Home?Leo Frank and Ensemble
The Picture ShowFrankie Epps and Mary Phagan
Leo at Work / What Am I Waiting For?Leo Frank and Lucille Frank
I Am Trying to RememberNewt Lee and Mrs. Phagan
Big News!Britt Craig
There Is a Fountain / It Don't Make SenseFrankie Epps and Ensemble
Watson's LullabyTom Watson
Somethin' Ain't RightHugh Dorsey
Real Big NewsBritt Craig, Reporters and Ensemble
You Don't Know This ManLucille Frank
It Is Time NowFiddlin' John, Tom Watson and Ensemble
Twenty Miles From MariettaHugh Dorsey
Frankie's TestimonyFrankie Epps, Mary Phagan, Tom Watson and Ensemble
The Factory Girls / Come Up to My OfficeIola Stover, Monteen, Leo Frank and Essie
Newt Lee's TestimonyNewt Lee and Ensemble
My Child Will Forgive MeMrs. Phagan
That's What He SaidJim Conley and Ensemble
Leo's Statement: It's Hard to Speak My HeartLeo Frank
Closing Statements & VerdictEnsemble


ACT TWO

It Goes On and OnBritt Craig
A Rumblin' and a Rollin'Riley, Angela, Newt Lee and Jim Conley
Do It AloneLucille Frank
Pretty MusicGovernor Slaton
Letter to the GovernorJudge Roan
This Is Not Over YetLeo Frank, Lucille Frank, Factory Girls and Newt Lee
Blues: Feel the Rain FallJim Conley and Ensemble
Where Will You Stand When the Flood Comes?Tom Watson, Hugh Dorsey and Ensemble
All the Wasted TimeLeo Frank and Lucille Frank
FinaleEnsemble

Lucky Guy
Tommy
Sophisticated Ladies
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Brent Carver, Carolle Carmelo and the original Broadway company perform 'This Is Not Over Yet' and 'The Old Red Hills of Home' at the Tony Awards.

All The Wasted Time Brent Carver & Carolee Carmello Original Broadway Cast Recording
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