Mitchell is currently preparing to lead the U.S. premiere of the Lynn Ahrens/ Stephen Flaherty/ Terrence McNally musical in Los Angeles June 15.
Livent spokesman Ian Rand said May 8 that Mitchell will rejoin the Toronto company when it begins Broadway previews Dec. 26, 1997 at the new $22.5 million Ford Performing Arts Center on 42nd Street in New York.
Toronto Ragtime has announced that it will close August 31, 1997 in preparation for the wholesale move to Broadway.
The adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel stars Mark Jacoby (Show Boat) as Father, Marin Mazzie (Passion) as Mother, Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Audra McDonald (Carousel and Master Class) as Sarah, Steven Sutcliffe as Mother's Younger Brother, and Peter Friedman as Tateh.
The production is directed by Tony-Award winning Frank Galati and produced by theatre mogul Garth Drabinsky, and also features Jim Corti as Harry Houdini, Lynette Perry as Evelyn Nesbitt, Richard Allen as Booker T. Washington, Larry Daggett as Henry Ford, Camille Saviola as Emma Goldman and Vanessa Townsell-Crisp as Sarah's Friend.
Not to mention Paul Soles as Grandfather, Mike O'Carroll as J.P. Morgan, David Mucci as Willie Conklin, Paul Franklin Dano as Edgar and Lea Michele as the Little Girl.
Tickets for the Broadway production are currently on sale by calling (212) 307-4100.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.