London based producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment has today announced long term plans to collaborate with Manchester’s newest venue Hope Mill Theatre in establishing it as a major player for Musical Theatre in the Region.
Announcing a regional premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade which will run at the Ancoats based venue from 13 May – 5 June 2016.The production will be the start of three collaborations which also include a revival of Hair and a workshop of a new – yet to be announced – musical.
Set in 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, his Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.
Parade will be directed by Manchester based award winning director James Baker. Baker is the former Artistic Director of The King’s Arms in Salford and champion of ambitious musical theatre in the region. The production will be musically directed by Tom Chester.
Hope Mill Theatre was opened in December 2015 by Joseph Houston and William Whelton who hope the venue will become one of the biggest creative hubs in the region.
Parade will run at www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk 13 May – 5 June 2016