And, on another Jason Robert Brown-related matter, the composer may be back in London in a new role in the New Year – as conductor of the London premiere of his Tony Award-winning musical Parade. The show, which has a book by Alfred Uhry, concerns the true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder. Brown previously told (See The Goss, 29 Jul 2004), “I would love to see it (Parade) at the National,” which he believed to be the ideal place for “a large, difficult musical”. However, apparently the invitation was not forthcoming. So instead, the musical is tipped to have – at least initially – two special concert performances in the West End, with venue and dates to be confirmed. Meanwhile, we still hear that the Menier Chocolate Factory plans to present Brown’s semi-autobiographical two-hander The Last Five Years in 2006 (See The Goss, 29 Jul 2004). Numerous directors have been mooted in connection with the project, including none other than former NT artistic director Trevor Nunn, who’s said to be a fan of Brown’s work.