Make Them Hear You: Ragtime Concert Cast Announced
Make Them Hear You. Ragtime the Musical, one of the greatest American musicals of the late 20th century, has endured both it’s Broadway premiere in 1998 and a recent revival in 2009. In late 2012, it was announced Ragtime would receive a concert staging at Avery Fisher Hall. Anticipation for the production grew as several huge actors attached to the project were announced and now the entire cast has been officially. Today, Luner on Theatre is happy to bring you the full cast list for the Avery Fisher Hall concert version of Ragtime the Musical.
Ragtime is a musical that features music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and a book by Terrence McNally. The musical tells three different stories; one of a white family from New Rochelle, one of a black man who changed Harlem and one of an immigrant man and his daughter who come to America. All of their stories end up connecting in a musical masterpiece described by some as “the greatest musical of the late 20th century.” Ragtime tells the story of America at the turn of the 20th century and gives the audience just a snapshot of what life was once like.
The one night only concert of Ragtime will take place at Avery Fisher Hall on February 18th, 2013 at 8:00 PM. Stafford Arima helms the production which features not only the cast of characters but a chorus of over 100 singers in a chorus made up of people from around the country. Arima ties back to Ragtime when he was involved in the original London premiere of the musical. David Loud will serve as the music supervisor. Sheilah Walker will conduct. Howell Binkley will provide a lighting design and Beowulf Boritt will provide a scenic design for the production.
The cast of Ragtime includes Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) as Mother, Tony winner Tyne Daly (Master Class, Gypsy) as Emma Goldman, Howard McGillin (Anything Goes, Drood, Phantom of the Opera) as Father, Michael Arden (The Times They Are A Changin’, Aspects of Love) as Younger Brother, Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Tateh, Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Side Show, Les Miserables) as Coalhouse Walker, Jr., Phillip Boykin (Porgy and Bess) as Booker T. Washington, Michael McCormick (Chaplin, Curtains) as J.P. Morgan and NaTasha Yvette Williams (Porgy and Bess) as Sarah’s Friend.
New members of the cast just announced today are Patina Miller (Sister Act) as Sarah, Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can) as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story) as Henry Ford, Jarrod Emick (Damn Yankees) as Willie Conklin, Dick Latessa (Follies, Hairspray) as Grandfather and Jose Llana (Flower Drum Song) as Harry Houdini.
The writers of the production, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally, released the follow statement regarding the concert production:
“We’re thrilled to see this new, non-traditional concert version of Ragtimecome to Avery Fisher Hall. With its stellar cast of principals, a large ensemble of Ragtime alums from many different productions and its immensely talented choruses, it will be a telling of E. L. Doctorow’s classic to remember. We are proud and happy to support the mission of Manhattan Concert Productions.”
I’m excited to see this concert version of this incredible musical. Ragtime is one of my absolutely favorites and I consider myself lucky enough to have seen the revival back in 2009 twice. I think the fact that his concert pops up not so longer after a revival, which didn’t do so well for the NY critics, proves to theatre world how important of a musical this is. Ragtime may be one of the least known pieces to the musical theatre world or theatre fans, but is by far of the best. An incredible score, lyrics and story that find themselves at the true heart of America in the turn of the 20th century.
Don’t miss an incredible theatrical experience when Ragtime the Musical comes to life for one night only on February 18th, 2013. Between the fantastic libretto this musical has and the all star cast that has been put together, this can leave us all hoping for one extraordinary night of theatre. For tickets, call (212) 875-5030. For more information, check out Lincoln Center’s Official Website where Avery Fisher Hall is located. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!