The cast and creative team of Manhattan Concert Productions' upcoming one-night-only concert of the musical Ragtime held their first day of rehearsal on Monday, February 11 at the National Opera Center. Directed by Stafford Armia (Bare), the concert will take place on February 18 at Avery Fisher Hall.
Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning musical stars Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Les Miserables) as Mother, Tony Award nominee Patina Miller (Sister Act) as Sarah, Michael Arden (Big River) as Mother's Younger Brother, Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Tateh, Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Father, Tony Award winner Dick Latessa (Hairspray) as Grandfather, Tony Award winner Tyne Daly (Master Class) as Emma Goldman, Lilla Crawford (Annie) as the Little Girl, Lewis Grosso (Newsies) as the Little Boy, Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Booker T. Washington, Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You Can) as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh (Grey Gardens) as Henry Ford, Tony Award winner Jarrod Emick (Damn Yankees) as Willie Conklin, Jose Llana (Wonderland) as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick (Chaplin) as J.P. Morgan, and NaTasha Yvette Williams (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Sarah's Friend.
Inspired by the novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime interweaves fact and fiction to tell the stories of a Harlem jazz pianist out for justice, a wealthy upper-class New Rochelle family offering aid to a runaway, and a poor Jewish immigrant who attempts to live out the American dream while hocking wares on the street.
Meet the cast and creative team in the photo gallery below.