Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patina Miller and More Star in RAGTIME Concert at Avery Fisher Hall Tonight
Manhattan Concert Productions will present a special concert performance of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall tonight, Monday, February 18, 2013.
The cast will include: Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Phillip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, Kerry Butler as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh as Henry Ford, Tyne Daly as Emma Goldman, Jarrod Emick as Willie Conklin, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Dick Latessa as Grandfather, Norm Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Jose Llana as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan, Howard McGillin as Father, Patina Miller as Sarah, Lea Salonga as Mother Lilla Crawford as The Little Girl and Lewis Grosso as The Little Boy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah's Friend.
The stellar production team includes: Laurence Olivier Award Nominee Stafford Arima, Director; Broadway veteran David Loud, Music Supervisor; Tony Award Winner Howell Binkley, Lighting Design and Tony Award Nominee Beowulf Boritt, Set Design.
Ragtime's award-winning score will be brought to life in this unique concert performance. This acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.
Ragtime is an epic tale of three very different families whose lives become intertwined at the turn of the 20th century. The story will unfold across a vibrant and explosive performance by over one hundred singers from around the country, as well as a host of professional members from former Ragtime choruses and the Broadway community, all accompanied by the phenomenal New York City Chamber Orchestra for this one night only performance.
The Tony award-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. It draws upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.
Featuring such show stopping songs as Getting Ready Rag, Your Daddy's Son, Wheels of a Dream, Till We Reach That Day, Back To Before, and Make Them Hear You.
This performance not only marks the 15th anniversary of the original Broadway production of Ragtime, it also marks the 30th anniversary of Ahrens' and Flaherty's collaboration.
Lincoln Center in New York City serves three roles: world's leading presenter of superb artistic programming and national leader in arts and education and community relations. In addition, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations on campus. Avery Fisher Hall is one of the most acclaimed concert halls in NYC and is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex. Home of the New York Philharmonic this hall has a capacity of 2,738 seats.
Manhattan Concert Productions is an educational performance company dedicated to excellence in music making, hospitality and travel details. Their focus is placed on the selection and preparation of visiting musicians, guest conductors and professional orchestra and soloists. They offer workshops, festivals and performance opportunities in renowned venues around the world. Now in their 14th year, Ragtime will be their inaugural Broadway Series concert performance.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski