Christiane Noll in Ragtime
Complete casting of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Ragtime has been announced. The 40-member company will begin previews on October 23 at the Neil Simon Theatre, and the musical will open on November 15, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
The Broadway revival will star Ron Bohmer (Father), Quentin Earl Darrington (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.), Christiane Noll (Mother), Robert Petkoff (Tateh), Bobby Steggert (Mother’s Younger Brother) and Stephanie Umoh (Sarah), with Christopher Cox (The Little Boy), Sarah Rosenthal (The Little Girl), Mark Aldrich (Willie Conklin), Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Henry Ford), Jonathan Hammond (Harry Houdini), Dan Manning (Grandfather), Michael X. Martin (J.P. Morgan), Michael McGowan (Stanford White), Donna Migliaccio (Emma Goldman), Josh Walden (Harry K. Thaw), Savannah Wise (Evelyn Nesbit) and Eric Jordan Young (Booker T. Washington).
The cast will also include Sumayya Ali, Terence Archie, Corey Bradley, Jayden Brockington, Benjamin Cook, Carey Brown, Jennifer Evans, Carly Hughes, Lisa Karlin, Valisia LeKae, James Moye, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Mamie Parris, Bryonha Parham, Nicole Powell, Kaylie Robinaccio, Arbender J. Robinson, Benjamin Schrader, Wallace Smith, Catherine Walker, Jim Weaver and Kylil Williams.
Based on E.L. Doctorow’s epic novel, Ragtime features a Tony-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and a Tony-winning book by Terrence McNally. The show turns back the clock to the dawn of the 20th century, when anything was possible and ragtime music filled the air. New York City was the land of opportunity: A poor Jewish immigrant sells his “moving picture” books on the street. A wealthy Victorian couple welcomes a runaway. A Harlem jazz pianist turns an issue of justice into a revolution. Their personal journeys come alive as historic figures, including Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington and Evelyn Nesbit, offer guidance and diversion.
Ragtime originally opened on Broadway on January 18, 1998, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Hilton Theatre) and won four Tony Awards. Marsha Milgrom Dodge’s revival debuted at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on April 18, 2009, and played a sold out limited engagement through May 17, featuring a 28-piece orchestra that will also be part of the Broadway mounting of the show.
Bohmer has appeared on Broadway in The Woman in White, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables and off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit, The Joys of Sex and The Thing About Men. Away from New York, she played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical On Stage
Darrington, who will make his Broadway debut in Ragtime, has appeared in national tours of The Color Purple and The Lion King and in regional productions of Ragtime, A Little Night Music, Dreamgirls, Abyssinia and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Noll has appeared on Broadway in It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and Jekyll & Hyde and off-Broadway in Frankenstein. Tour and regional credits include Urinetown, Mambo Kings, Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, The Witches of Eastwick and Lizzie Borden. Noll has also been a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras.
Petkoff has appeared on Broadway in Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof and Epic Proportions and in the West End in The Royal Family. Off-Broadway credits include Happiness and More Stately Mansions. Regional credits include Sunday in the Park With George, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida and Compleat Female Stage Beauty.
Steggert has appeared on Broadway in 110 in the Shade and Master Harold…and the Boys and off-Broadway in The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, Columbinus, The Music Teacher and Yank. At the New York Philharmonic, he played Mordred in Camelot.
Umoh, who will make her Broadway debut in Ragtime, has starred in workshops and readings of Tin Pan Alley Rag, Bonnie and Clyde, Luck! and Time After Time. Regional credits include Hair, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Sanna, Don’t!, Dessa Rose and Into the Woods.
The creative team for Ragtime includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, hair and wig design by Edward J. Wilson, musical direction by James Moore and original orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Ragtime is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Furman, Max Cooper, Roger Berlind, Tom Kirdahy/Devlin Elliott, Jeffrey A. Sine, Scott Delman, Stephanie McClelland, Roy Miller, LAMS Productions, Inc., Jana Robbins, Wendy Federman, Jamie deRoy, Sheila Steinberg, Lauren Stevens, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Independent Producers Network, HRH Foundation and Emanuel Azenberg in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.