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Ragtime Original Broadway Solid Will Reunite for Entertainment Local community Fund Concert in March

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Ragtime Primary Broadway Forged Will Reunite for Leisure Neighborhood Fund Concert in March

Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will action in for the late Marin Mazzie for the much-anticipated live performance of the Ahrens and Flaherty rating.

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald in Ragtime
Catherine Ashmore

Initially scheduled for 2020 but postponed by COVID, the Broadway reunion live performance of Ragtime, benefiting The Amusement Community Fund, now has a 2023 day: March 27. The party will see most of the original Broadway forged of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical reunite to accomplish the musical, which includes 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 highlighted will be Mark Aldrich, Shaun Amyot, John D. Baker, Dara Paige Bloomfield, Sandra M. Bonitto, Mark Cassius, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Albert Christmas, 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 without a doubt materialize in 2023.

Primarily based on the common American novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime has a rating by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Seussical) and a ebook by Terrence McNally (Learn Class, Enjoy! Valour! Compassion!).

“Our Ragtime spouse and children, the Broadway community and so several many others had been devasted by the passing of our beloved playwright, Terrence McNally,” suggests Enjoyment Neighborhood Fund Chair Mitchell. “We also mourn the latest reduction of our primary Broadway director, Frank Galati, and of class our pricey Marin Mazzie. We dedicate this grand reunion to their memory, and honor all these in the Ragtime household who are no extended with us.”

“We’re thrilled to share this Ragtime news with all people who has waited patiently for so quite a few many years, as we and the imaginative team have labored diligently to carry this a single-night time-only reunion live performance properly and superbly to the phase,” provides Amusement Group Fund CEO Joe Benincasa.

Ragtime underwent a two-12 months 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 production was directed by Tony winner Frank Galati with choreography by Graciela Daniele.

The musical mixes fictional characters and historic kinds in telling the tale of Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Black person who purchases a Design T Ford, location off a chain of functions that include all amounts of New York City society—along with magician Harry Houdini, industrialist Henry Ford, superstar Evelyn Nesbit, Black leader Booker T. Washington, architect Sanford White, innovative Emma Goldman, Admiral Peary, a Latvian immigrant who results in being a film director, and a not-so-silent relatives in suburban New Rochelle, New York.

The initial Broadway manufacturing showcased a cast led by McDonald as Sarah, Mitchell as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Mazzie as Mom, Mark Jacoby as Father, Steven Sutcliffe as Mother’s 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, like Very best Musical. It took dwelling four awards, including Greatest Reserve of a Musical, Most effective Primary Rating, Ideal Featured Actress in a Musical for McDonald, and Best Orchestrations for William David Brohn.

The Enjoyment Community Fund is a nationwide human companies corporation that fosters balance and resiliency, and delivers a protection internet for doing arts and leisure specialists more than their lifespan.

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