Do you hear the distant music? The all-star concert staging of Ragtime, directed by Broadway's Jason Danieley, begins performances May 12.
Danieley, who was married to Broadway's original Mother, the late Marin Mazzie, leads the production through three performances at Symphony Hall in Boston May 12 and 13, with an outdoor concert staging coming to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts July 8.
The concert stars Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley as Mother, Nikki Renée Daniels as Sarah, Tony nominee A.J. Shively as Mother's Younger Brother, David Harris as Father, and Klea Blackhurst as Emma Goldman. Alton Fitzgerald White reprises his role as Coalhouse Walker Jr., 24 years after he replaced original star Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway run and playing the role on the production's first national tour.
The concert version of Ragtime was carefully created by the original creative team, including Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and the late Terrence McNally. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Keith Lockhart.
Based on the classic American novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime mixes fictional characters and historical ones in telling the story of Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Black man who buys a Model T Ford, setting off a chain of events that involve all levels of New York City society—along with magician Harry Houdini, industrialist Henry Ford, celebrity Evelyn Nesbit, Black leader Booker T. Washington, architect Sanford White, revolutionary Emma Goldman, Admiral Peary, a Latvian immigrant who becomes a movie director, and a not-so-quiet family in suburban New Rochelle, New York.
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