Monday, May 28, 2012



Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Bob Cline
Music director Markus Hauck

WHEN: June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8:00 PM and Sunday June 17 at 3:00 PM
Westminster Center for the Arts on the campus of Bloomfield College in Bloomfield
TICKETS: $24 General Admission with discount tickets available for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.748.9000 ext. 1279. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
Tickets may also be purchased online, and additional information is available at

Parade tells the real life story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, who is put on trial in 1913 for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, an Atlanta pencil factory worker in his employ. Through the difficult process of proving his innocence, Leo and his wife find a new way to love and support each other.

The Leo Frank case, which serves as the basis for Parade, is one of the most notorious and highly publicized cases in the annals of Georgia legal history. The real-life events of that morning in April of 1913 still inspire debate and controversy. Based mainly on the testimony of the janitor, who was an initial suspect and who told several conflicting stories, Leo Frank was arrested and later convicted. Numerous reports and reviews of the trial note that the jury was greatly influenced by the time and temperament of a community that was looking for swift and brutal justice and this northern Jewish “outsider” was an obvious choice.

4th Wall’s cast features Danny Arnold and Sandy Taylor of Bayonne, David Simon of Berkeley Heights, Todd Shumpert and Danny Egan of Bloomfield, Uton Onyejekwe of Maplewood, Cathryn Hardy of Matawan, Bob Russell of Hackensack, Tara Haight of Little Falls, Lindsay Adkins of Metuchen, Brandon Wright of Newark, Lisa Carter and Jordan Gulick of Astoria, New York, Vinny Dupree, Annie NelsonBrian Walters, Bill Saunders and Caroline Langlois of New York City, Marcus Turnage of Brooklyn, New York, and Vanessa Robinson of Bronx, New York.

Kathy Iannacone, formerly of West Orange, is the Production Manager, and Martha Thalheimer of Glen Ridge serves as the Stage Manager.   

Director Bob Cline has wanted to direct Parade for many years.  “I love this piece and it has always been on my short list of ‘must do” musicals.  The events, the relationships between the characters, and the music all weave together to create a compelling and dramatic story.  I’m so happy that 4th Wall asked me to direct this in their 15th anniversary season.”

Music Director, Markus Hauck is equally excited to work on this production..  “I have wanted to conduct this show for a long time.  Parade has one of the most exciting scores in contemporary musical theater.  It's a very dark story, and the depth of the libretto offers dramatic possibilities that are usually found only in straight plays.  The fact that it is based on actual events gives the narrative extra punch.”