Kennedy Center Ragtime Is Aiming for Broadway

By Andrew Gans
11 Jun 2009

Manoel Felciano and Sarah Rosenthal in the Kennedy Center Ragtime.
Manoel Felciano and Sarah Rosenthal in the Kennedy Center Ragtime.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Although no official announcement has been made, it appears that the recent acclaimed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production of the epic musical Ragtime is heading to Broadway.

According to an Actors' Equity casting notice, the Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens-Terrence McNally musical will be produced on Broadway by The Kennedy Center, Kevin McCollum, Emanuel Azenberg, Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, Jeffrey Sine, Scott Delman, Roy Furman and Roger Berlind.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who directed and choreographed the D.C. production, will repeat her duties for Broadway as will music director James Moore.

Rehearsal dates, preview date and opening date are to be announced, according to the casting notice.

No casting has been announced; in fact, the casting notice reads, "Casting Director states that all roles are currently available."



A spokesperson for the Kennedy Center was unable to confirm the transfer.

The cast of Ragtime, part of the Kennedy Center's Broadway: The Third Generation series, was headed by Ron Bohmer as Father, Quentin Earl Darrington as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Christiane Noll as Mother, Jennlee Shallow as Sarah, Bobby Steggert as Younger Brother, Christopher Cox as The Little Boy and Sarah Rosenthal as The Little Girl.

The ensemble comprised Mark Aldrich as Willie Conklin, Susan Derry as Kathleen, Gavin Esham as Stanford White, Aaron Galligan-Stierle as Henry Ford, David Garry as J.P. Morgan, Jonathan Hammond as Harry Houdini, Leigh Ann Larkin as Evelyn Nesbit, Dan Manning as Grandfather, Donna Migliaccio as Emma Goldman, Tracy Lynn Olivera as Brigit, Bryonha Parham as Sarah's Friend, Josh Walden as Harry K. Thaw, Eric Jordan Young as Booker T. Washington, as well as Sumayya Ali, Melvin Bell III, Kevin Boseman, Corey Bradley, Shelby Braxton-Brooks, Elizabeth Loren Earley, Carrie A. Johnson, Gregory Maheu, Sarah Rosenthal, Elisa Van Duyne, Nellesa Walthour, Sasha Sloan and Jim Weaver.

Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel, Ragtime features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Ragtime originally opened on Broadway at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 18, 1998, playing 834 performances before closing Jan. 16, 2000. The original company featured Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Marin Mazzie.

"At the start of the 20th century," Ragtime press notes state, "New York City was for many the land of opportunity. Through a poor Jewish immigrant selling wares on the street, a wealthy Victorian couple offering aid to a runaway, and a Harlem jazz pianist out for justice, that unique brand of American hope runs strong. Together, their stories celebrate the struggle between tradition and independence in pursuit of the American dream."

The Kennedy Center production featured scenic design by Derek McLane, original costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm. James Moore served as music director and conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

The production played its final performance in D.C. May 19.