BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat share the opening night review for Slow Burn Theatre Company's production of "Parade". The fun in the sun arts destination, already has one of the strongest theatrical seasons in years. With the ever growing, and sold out production of Maltz Jupiter Theatre's "A Chorus Line", extended Wick Theatre's production of "42nd Street", Actors' Playhouse "The End of the Rainbow", the best community theatre Lake Worth Playhouse production of "Ain't Misbehavin" just to name a few... so where does Slow Burn Theatre Company's production of "Parade" fit into the mix this busy successful season.
Let's brake it down like this, Lake Worth Playhouse is the best community theatre, but they don't pay their actors, Actors' Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Wick Theatre and Museum bring some talent in from New York, as they have some housing for Broadway triple threat talents, which helps bring up their production values to the highest standards, that they demand. Director/Choreographer Patrick Fitzwater said it best in his current speech, "we hire local talent, and have added an Equity Actors union cast member. We hope to continue bringing in more Equity performers each season."
Slow Burn Theatre Company hires all local talent, they have better lighting then some of the other theatres mentioned above, they offer affordable ticket prices, and had more than 300 audience members at their opening night of "Parade" which could seat another 300 if needed. Slow Burn Theatre Company has ten Carbonell Awards nominations for last season's "Next to Normal" and they have once again stuck to their mission satement; offering daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theatre.
"Parade" is a true story and Tony Award winning musical about the infamous trial, conviction and lynching of Leo Frank. "Slow Burns Theatre Company's "Parade" gives Florida something to shout about! A must see musical." Theatre Chat. A special talk back will include Anti-Defamation League, please contact www.slowburn.org for more information, dates and times.
Making her mark as a Florida leading lady is Ann Marie Olson (Lucille Frank). Ann Marie's voice is strong, glorious with acting chops to match. Ann Marie has been seen in countless South Florida productions, but she really gets to shine in this role. Her husband played by Tom Anello (Leo Frank) also has a beautiful voice. Tom's accent and physicality match that of a stunned convicted criminal. The sets by Sean McClelland are spacious and multi leveled, creating various locations with ease. "What everyone loves about Slow Burn Theatre is they don't need a new ten million dollar venue to create magic. The lights with hazers, glorious sound, sets and live band, all keep them on the top of award winning list." BroadwayGlobal.
Bravo to the entire talented cast of "Parade" which includes Tom Anello (Leo Frank - who by the way is a Equity union Actor), Ann Marie Olson (Lucille Frank) who gives one of the strongest performances for any leading lady this season. Jerel Brown (Newt Lee/Jim Conley/Riely), David Klein (Young Soldier/Frankie Epps), Kaela Antolino (Mary Phagan), Matthew Korinko (Hugh Dorsey), David Sirois (Rosser), Renee Elizabeth Turner (Minnie McKnight/Anglea/Ensemble), Christian Vandepas (Britt Craig/Gov. Slaton), Murphy Hayes (Old Soldier/Judge Roan), Kaitlyn O'Neill (Mrs. Phagan, Sally Slaton Emsemble), Rick Pena (Detective Starnes/Tom Watosn/Costume Designer), Dan Carter (Officer/Ivey, Mr. Peavy/Ensemble), Erica Mendez (Lola Stover), Lindsey Johr (Monteen/Ensemble), Kristina Johnson (Essie/Ensemble).
Silver Palm winner Patrick Fitzwater proves once again that he can direct and choreograph any Broadway musical. Musical Direction by Manny Schvartzman is heartwarming, living up to magic of, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (who wrote music for new hit musical "The Bridges of Madison County now on Broadway) and book by Alfred Uhry. "Parade" won Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Origional Score and six Drama Desk Awards.
"Parade" may be a hung trial, but it's a BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat top pick musical for South Florida theatre. Don't let this "Parade" pass you by, get your group tickets now. "Parade" will play through February 2014. Slow Burn Theatre in West Boca High located at 12811 Glades Road Boca Raton, Florida 33498. For tickets visit www.slowburntheatre.org. Visit Theatre Chat's #1 A to Z list for Southern Florida. Subscribe above and click the social media share buttons. Florida Theatre Chat have over to 7,700 arts fans, sharing links like this article. Theatre Chat's 30 city/State groups "keeping Artists employed and Patrons informed".