Isn’t It Great? Isn’t It Grand?

We are happy to announce that Eliot Hall, the home of The Footlight Club, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund to support a complete assessment of our historic building for the purpose of creating a master building preservation and accessibility plan.

We extend our thanks to those who supported us in our successful grant application including: Mayor Thomas Menino, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Platt Anderson Freeman Architects, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, The Eliot School, Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club at Loring-Greenough House, Friends of the Jamaica Plain Library, Hyde Square Task Force, Costello’s Tavern, Galway House, Uforge Gallery, Jamaica Plain Arts Council, and the Jamaica Plain Artists Association. We know there is a lot of work to be done to preserve our historic home, and this grant will create our roadmap for Eliot Hall’s future.

Now…we need your help.  We are required to raise an additional $25,000 to match this $25,000 grant. A gift of any size will help us reach that goal.

Click the link to donate now to our Restoration Fund:


Thank you!

The footlight Club Board of Directos & Trustees of Eliot Hall

Join our PARADE

Opening Night Reception: Parade

March 29th will be opening night for the Footlight Club’s upcoming musical Parade, and that means another opening night reception!   Complimentary refreshments will be served, the cash bar will be open, and the Trustees will be on-hand to answer questions about our restoration efforts.

Join us for an evening of musical entertainment and help us celebrate our last musical of the season.  Your attendance at the reception is more than just a fun way to support a new production but helps us shine the spotlight on the historic building that the Footlight Club calls home.

We hope to see you on Friday, March 29th!  Tickets for opening night are still available at the Footlight Club Box Office.

The story of Parade is true, centering on the 1913 “Trial of the Century” in which Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew living in Atlanta, was falsely accused of killing Mary Phagan, a young girl working in the factory he managed. Leo was railroaded through a trial, found guilty and sentenced to hang. His wife, Lucille, launched a heroic campaign to save his life, eventually convincing the Governor to overturn the death sentence — only to have a mob of vigilantes drag Leo from prison in the middle of the night and lynch him.

The show’s title refers to the annual parade held on Confederate Memorial Day, for it was on that day in 1913 that the murder took place. The parade (which is seen at the start, middle and end of the musical to mark the passing of years) was a rallying point for proud Southerners still affected by their defeat in the Civil War.

Public outcry over the little girl’s death was easily stirred up by political opportunists and a rabid press. Small wonder that Georgians were quick to condemn an outsider like Leo Frank and take justice into their own hands.

At the forefront of this tragic tale is a heartbreaking love story. Before the trial, Leo and Lucille Frank were formal and restrained with one another. When the crisis exploded around them, they both emerged stronger despite the struggle, discovering a deep passion for each other that they had not known before. “All the Wasted Time,” their duet towards the end of the show, is a sublime expression of grown-up love. -THOMAS COTT