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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:14 am    Post subject: Leo Frank musical Reply with quote

A harrowing incident in Georgia which must have touched Babe’s heart has been turned into a West End musical.
In 1913 Babe married Madelyn Saloshyn, who happened to be Jewish. There are suggestions that they lived in Atlanta, where Madelyn was a pianist at a night spot. Babe had given up his job at the Palace Theater, Milledgeville, probably contributing to the household income from singing engagements in and around Atlanta.
In the same year, a Jewish Atlanta pencil factory owner, Leo Frank, was convicted of murdering a 13 year-old girl, Mary Phagan, who worked at the factory. Leo Frank’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, but - fuelled by the burgeoning Ku Klux Klan, anti-Jewish feelings were rising sharply in the old south, particularly in Atlanta. Franks was seized in prison by anti-semites, taken away and hanged from a tree.
Being married to a Jewish girl, Babe must have been worried by this, and it must have been a factor in the move to Jacksonville, where he got a job at the Lubin studios and where Madelyn again worked as a pianist.
The new London production, inexplicably called Parade, has received rave reviews, particularly for the music and the poignancy of the story. In all probability, the story will have been dramatised a little, but according to at least one review it is fairly faithful to history.
It seems odd that a musical should have been made from such a grim story, but it certainly touched the life of Babe Hardy and therefore has considerable interest to L & H buffs.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for this most interesting post!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

such a sad tale thanks for posting it
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