Attention, stage hopefuls! New York City Center's upcoming gala production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade, set to star Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond, is looking for a Mary Phagan. The Telsey Office is conducting a virtual open call for the role, with materials due by September 1. The production begins with a benefit performance November 1 and will continue through November 6.
The casting notice lists the role as age 13-18, female (cis or Transgender), and caucasian. Telsey is seeking a strong mezzo singer who can sing D–D and must be a local hire; no travel or housing is being provided.
Those interested can submit a self-taped audition through September 1. Instructions and materials are available here.
Telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1913, Parade features a score by Brown and a book by Uhry. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1998, receiving nine 1999 Tony nominations and winning two, for its book and score. In the years since, a major revision premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2007, which later played Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum in 2009. Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti led a concert presentation in 2015 at New York City's then Avery Fisher Hall.
City Center's production will be helmed by two-time Tony nominee Michael Arden (Once On This Island, Spring Awakening), who plans to incorporate trial photography and projections. This production of Parade was licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI).