This 1998 musical with a book by Alfred Uhry (a Pulitzer Prize winner for "Driving Miss Daisy") notably marked the big-league emergence of composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, who won a Tony for his score. The show, based on the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, a Jewish man convicted on ginned-up evidence of murdering a 13-year-old girl, serves a darker meal than usual for Broadway musicals. Perhaps this accounts for the mixed reception this ambitious song-filled work about a miscarriage of justice originally received. Rob Ashford's production, which garnered critical praise when it was done at London's small yet amazingly fertile Donmar Warehouse, affords us the opportunity to reassess this challenging offering. T.R. Knight, formerly of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will play Leo Frank, with Lara Pulver reprising the role of Lucille, Leo's wife and staunch defender. Mark Taper Forum, opens Oct. 4.
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