Beautiful Soup Theater Collective Will Present Rags in May 2013; Anna Kirkland Will Star

By Andrew Gans
27 Dec 2012

Anna Kirkland
Anna Kirkland

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, which will present Arthur Bicknell's cult flop Moose Murders in January-February 2013, has announced that it will also stage the short-lived Broadway musical Rags in May 2013.

Directed by artistic director Steven Carl McCasland, the Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein musical will open May 27, 2013, at The Connelly Theatre.

Collective member Anna Kirkland will star as Rebecca. Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

Rags, which features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Joseph Stein, played Broadway’s Mark Hellinger Theatre in August 1986. Although the run was brief, the musical garnered five Tony nominations and boasted a cast that included Teresa Stratas, Judy Kuhn, Terrence Mann, Lonny Price, Marcia Lewis, Dick Latessa and Larry Kert.



The musical, according to earlier press notes, tells the story of "Rebecca, an immigrant who finds herself and her young son, David, very much alone in the brand new world of America. Through Rebecca's encounters and relationships with others experiencing similar struggles, Rags tells of the American experience when the 'melting pot' was an ideal many hoped to be a part of." The lush score features such tunes as "Brand New World," "Blame It on the Summer Night," "Dancing with the Fools" and the title tune.

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