Casting Announced for One Night Concert Version of Rags in the West End
03 Apr 2014
Rags, the short-lived 1986 Broadway musical with a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and music by Charles Strouse, is to receive its West End premiere in a special concert adaptation that will play for one night only April 28 at the Lyric Theatre.
Presented as a charity gala in aid of Centrepoint, the U.K.'s leading charity for homeless young people, the cast will include Caroline Sheen as Rebecca, Tim Rogers as Saul, Matt Zimmerman as Avram, Leila Benn Harris as Bella, James Yeoburn as Ben, Jenny Logan as Rachel, Sebastian Croft as David and Graham MacDuff as Nathan.
The ensemble will feature Amelia Adams-Pearce, Ben Stock, Marc Joseph and Danny Whitehead, as well as an ensemble of singers and dancers from the Arts Educational School and an orchestra on stage of 11.
Ragtime tells the tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in New York in 1910. It originally opened at Broadway's Mark Hellinger Theatre in 1986, but closed after only four performances.
It is produced by Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions, whose previous West End charity concerts include Children of Eden at The Prince of Wales Theatre and Cinderella Boom or Bust at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.