Patina Miller to Play Sarah in Ragtime Concert; Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh and Dick Latessa Join Avery Fisher Hall Staging
By Adam Hetrick
Tony and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller (Sister Act) will star as Sarah in the Feb. 18 concert staging of the Tony-winning Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrence McNally musical Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall. The concert will also boast Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh, Jose Llana, Dick Latessa and Jarrod Emick.
Stafford Arima (Bare, Carrie), who earned an Olivier Award nomination for staging the London premiere of Ragtime, will helm the 8 PM concert for Manhattan Concert Productions that featuresa chorus of over 100 singers from around the country.
Miller, who is set to star as the Leading Player in the Broadway revival of Pippin, will take on the role of Sarah, opposite previously announced Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Side Show, Les Miserables) as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
New casting also features Tony nominee Butler (Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can) as Evelyn Nesbit, Cavenaugh (West Side Story) as Henry Ford, Emick (Damn Yankees) as Willie Conklin, Latessa (Follies, Hairspray) as Grandfather and Llana (Flower Drum Song) as Harry Houdini.
They join a cast that features Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song) as Mother, Tony winner Tyne Daly (Master Class, Gypsy) as Emma Goldman, Howard McGillin (Anything Goes, Drood, Phantom of the Opera) as Father, Michael Arden (The Times They Are A Changin', Aspects of Love) as Younger Brother, Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) as Tateh, Phillip Boykin (Porgy and Bess) as Booker T. Washington, Michael McCormick (Chaplin, Curtains) as J.P. Morgan and NaTasha Yvette Williams (Porgy and Bess) as Sarah's Friend.
Based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime interweaves the stories of three distinct families with historical figures to offer a snapshot of America at the turn of the century.
Ragtime has a book by Tony Award winner McNally, music by Flaherty and lyrics by Ahrens. The musical opened on Broadway at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 18, 1998, earning Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, Best Orchestrations and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Audra McDonald. A 2009 revival played the Neil Simon Theatre.
David Loud will serve as music supervisor, with Sheilah Walker conducting. The concert also features the New York City Chamber Orchestra. The staging will have lighting by Howell Binkley and scenic design by Beowulf Boritt.
"We're thrilled to see this new, non-traditional concert version of Ragtime come to Avery Fisher Hall. With its stellar cast of principals, a large ensemble of Ragtime alums from many different productions and its immensely talented choruses, it will be a telling of E. L. Doctorow's classic to remember. We are proud and happy to support the mission of Manhattan Concert Productions," the writers said in a statement.
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