lastminute.com/theatrenow Ragtime, now playing in the UK, was created by a trio of talents: book by award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Stephen Henry is to work with the trio (and producer Sonia Friedman, whose sister Maria stars in Ragtime) in their next joint production: a stage musical of the Albert Finney film "A Man Of No Importance." In the film (released in 1994 and set in 1960’s Dublin), Finney played an Irish bus conductor with a love for the works of Oscar Wilde.
A Man of No Importance debuted this season Off-Broadway at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. Roger Rees and Faith Prince headed the New York company; no cast has been announced for its U.K. premiere. A cast recording of the Off-Broadway production is forthcoming.