T.R. Knight may have left his role as Dr. George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy but, at least, fans can still catch him when he heads back to his theatrical roots. The 36-year-old actor will be headlining the upcoming musical production of Parade at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Based on the true story of Leo Frank, who was convicted for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta in 1913, Parade revolves around the press frenzy and public outrage about Frank's trial, and his wife's crusade for justice. The musical, which won two Tonys after debuting on Broadway in 1998, explores love and hope against all the odds in the middle of religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension.
The Grey's Anatomy
actor will star as Leo Frank and will begin rehearsals in mid-August. Rob Ashford, who directed and choreographed the show at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2007, will helm the L.A. production, which will run from September 24 to November 15.
"I am very fortunate to return to the theater playing Leo Frank in this incredible, acclaimed production of Parade
," Knight told the Los Angeles Times
. "After a five-year break, it feels great to be on stage again."
Meanwhile, Knight's costars in Parade
have not yet been announced.
Knight is no stranger to the world of theater. He started his career at the Guthrie Theatre where he portrayed Tiny Tim at age five in A Christmas Carol
and later appeared in Ah, Wilderness!
. He then appeared opposite Patti LuPone in a 2001 Broadway revival of Noises Off,
and in the 2003 production of Tartuffe.
His last New York stage gig was in 2004, in the off-Broadway drama Boy.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: LA Times(Image courtesy of ABC)