Director and co-conceiver Harold Prince, composer & lyricist Jason Robert Brown and book writer Alfred Uhry, who created the Broadway production of Parade, visited NYU Steinhardt to speak with our Music Theatre Programs' production cast. Mr. Prince viewed a video of the Steinhardt Music Theatre production and was so moved he generously asked to meet with the cast. A lively discussion ensued that described the creation of the original production of Parade at The Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in 1998-1999 and that included effusive praise for the NYU Steinhardt production. Uhry – a Tony, Oscar, and Pulitzer prizewinning author – shared personal family stories about growing up in the presence of the Frank family, around whom the show is based. The hour-long conversation in the Provincetown Playhouse also explored the current state of the Broadway musical and contemporary trends as they apply to young actors.
Mr. Prince –who holds over twenty Tony Awards -- gave striking and detailed accolades about the Steinhardt production, which was under the direction of John Simpkins. He surprised and delighted all in attendance by announcing that he sent the production video to Lincoln Center’s Theatre on Film and Tape archive (TOFT) to be stored with the Broadway production. “Now,” Prince told the audience, “…when people want to view a production of Parade they can choose the Lincoln Center production or the recent production at NYU!”