YMMV / Parade

  • Acclaimed Flop: It won Tonys for best book / score, and a host of Drama Desk Awards, but closed after only two and a half months on Broadway. Subsequent productions around the world have since cemented its reputation as a modern classic.
  • Acting for Two: Depending on how large the cast is, actors may play multiple parts, although it is somewhat traditional for the Old Confederate Soldier to double with the Judge. It's also common for the actor playing the Young Confederate Soldier to double as Frankie Epps.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: at least for a commercial Broadway show. Composer Jason Robert Brown is hugely proud of Parade but even he has acknowledged this, on one occasion referring to it as "everyone's favourite lynching musical".
  • Awesome Music: Too many to count, Jason Robert Brown's talent really shines through in this score, but the most standout songs have to be Old Red Hills Of Home and That's What He Said.
  • Cut Song: "Big News," "People of Atlanta," and "Letter to the Governor" from the London production and subsequent productions.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Jim Conley, as clearly displayed in "That's What He Said". To elaborate, Jim Conley is the real murderer, and he's testifying against Frank, giving a graphic testimony about the event, in a manner that will get himself in jail for being an accessory to murder. Also, historically, Conley used Obfuscating Stupidity, hiding from others that he was capable of reading and writing.
    • Hugh Dorsey can also count along with Tom Watson. They were perfectly willing to put a man on trial and use the image of a poor innocent little girl to get what they want rather than getting justice. It's hinted that they knew the evidence against Leo Frank was flimsy at best and even coached the factory girls and Frankie Epps into giving falsified testimony against Leo Frank.