Ragtime First Broadway Cast Will Reunite for Leisure Community Fund Concert in March

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Ragtime Initial Broadway Cast Will Reunite for Amusement Local community Fund Live performance in March

Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will action in for the late Marin Mazzie for the considerably-predicted concert of the Ahrens and Flaherty rating.

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald in Ragtime
Catherine Ashmore

At first scheduled for 2020 but postponed by COVID, the Broadway reunion concert of Ragtime, benefiting The Amusement Community Fund, now has a 2023 day: March 27. The occasion will see most of the original Broadway cast of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical reunite to complete the musical, including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Peter Friedman. Stepping in for the late Marin Mazzie as Mom will be Tony winner Kelli O’Hara.

Also showcased will be Mark Aldrich, Shaun Amyot, John D. Baker, Dara Paige Bloomfield, Sandra M. Bonitto, Mark Cassius, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Albert Xmas, Dioni Michelle Collins, Jim Corti, Pierce Cravens, Larry Daggett, Bernard Dotson, Roberta Duchak, Donna Dunmire, Adam Dyer, Duane Martin Foster, Patty Goble, Darlene Bel Grayson, Elisa Heinsohn, David Hess, Rosena Hill, Adam Hunter, Mark Jacoby, Anne Kanengeiser, Judy Kaye, Mary Sharon Komarek (Dziedzic), Joe Langworth, Joe Locarro, Dan Manning, Michael X. Martin, Mary McCandless, Allyson Tucker Mitchell, Anne L. Nathan, Monica Patton (Richards), Lynette Perry, Orgena Rose, Gordon Stanley, Steven Sutcliffe, Todd Thurston, Vanessa Townsell-Crisp, Rema Webb, Leon Williams, Bruce Winant, and Eric Jordan Younger.

The announcement follows a reassurance from Fund chairman and Ragtime star Mitchell that the event would indeed transpire in 2023.

Based mostly on the classic American novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime has a rating by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (As soon as On This Island, Anastasia, Seussical) and a reserve by Terrence McNally (Grasp Class, Really like! Valour! Compassion!).

“Our Ragtime loved ones, the Broadway community and so a lot of many others were being devasted by the passing of our beloved playwright, Terrence McNally,” states Enjoyment Group Fund Chair Mitchell. “We also mourn the new reduction of our unique Broadway director, Frank Galati, and of system our pricey Marin Mazzie. We devote this grand reunion to their memory, and honor all individuals in the Ragtime family members who are no more time with us.”

“We’re thrilled to share this Ragtime information with everyone who has waited patiently for so a lot of decades, as we and the inventive team have labored diligently to bring this a single-night time-only reunion concert safely and fantastically to the stage,” adds Enjoyment Neighborhood Fund CEO Joe Benincasa.

Ragtime underwent a two-year gestation beneath the auspices of Garth Drabinsky, opening in Toronto in December 1996 and then in Los Angeles in June 1997 right before arriving on Broadway. The manufacturing was directed by Tony winner Frank Galati with choreography by Graciela Daniele.

The musical mixes fictional characters and historic types in telling the tale of Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Black gentleman who buys a Product T Ford, setting off a chain of activities that contain all levels of New York City society—along with magician Harry Houdini, industrialist Henry Ford, celebrity Evelyn Nesbit, Black leader Booker T. Washington, architect Sanford White, revolutionary Emma Goldman, Admiral Peary, a Latvian immigrant who gets to be a motion picture director, and a not-so-quiet family in suburban New Rochelle, New York.

The unique Broadway creation featured a solid led by McDonald as Sarah, Mitchell as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Mazzie as Mom, Mark Jacoby as Father, Steven Sutcliffe as Mother’s More youthful Brother, Friedman as Tateh, Judy Kaye as Emma Goldman, Jim Corti as Harry Houdini, Lynette Perry as Evelyn Nesbit, Tommy Hollis as Booker T. Washington, and Larry Daggett as Henry Ford.

The musical was nominated for 14 1998 Tony Awards, such as Very best Musical. It took home 4 awards, like Greatest Reserve of a Musical, Greatest Primary Rating, Most effective Highlighted Actress in a Musical for McDonald, and Very best Orchestrations for William David Brohn.

The Leisure Local community Fund is a countrywide human solutions organization that fosters security and resiliency, and supplies a security internet for carrying out arts and entertainment gurus in excess of their lifespan.

The overall performance is at present offered out. Limited sponsorship alternatives are available by making contact with Douglas Ramirez at [email protected]. For ticket holders who have retained tickets originally acquired in 2020, check out EntertainmentComunity.org/Ragtime.