A Rumblin’ And A Rollin’: Revisiting The Leo Frank Case

by KatH on November 2, 2009

in In the News,Parade

Journey back to 1913 Georgia, where a Jewish man from New York was accused of murdering a 13 year old girl–and abducted from his cell and lynched.  A new documentary airing tonight on PBS, The People Vs. Leo Frank revists the case composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown (13, THE LAST FIVE YEARS) and bookwriter/playwright Alfred Uhry (DRIVING MISS DAISY) gave voice to in their Tony Award winning musical, PARADE.  Whether or not you know the show, the documentary will provide insights into a real-life American mystery that remains unsolved to this day.

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This CNN article offers some general background into the case, as well as conversations with the surviving relatives of its key players: John M. Slaton, the governor who commuted Leo Frank’s death sentence to life imprisonment; Mary Phagan, the tragically young victim; and of course, Leo Frank.

For more information or to license PARADE, check out its MTI show page. To discuss The People Vs. Leo Frank or PARADE in general, visit its MTI ShowSpace page.

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