Tony nominees Patina Miller, Kerry Butler and more will join headliners Lea Salonga, Tyne Daly and Norm Lewis in the upcoming concert performance of Ragtime at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Helmed by Stafford Arima, the concert will take place on February 18.
Miller, who will likely appear in the upcoming Broadway production of Pippin, will star as Sarah in the concert. Butler will play Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh will take on the role of Henry Ford, Tony winner Jarrod Emick will play Willie Conklin, Tony winner Dick Latessa will play Grandfather and Jose Llana will appear as Harry Houdini. The batch of Broadway vets joins the previously announced Salonga as Mother, Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Daly as Emma Goldman, Howard McGillin as Father, Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Philip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah’s Friend and Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan.
Featuring lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty and a book Terrence McNally, Ragtime is based on E.L. Doctorow’s groundbreaking novel of the same name. Ragtime tells the story of three very different families living in New York in the early 20th century.
Ragtime originally opened at Broadway’s Ford Center for the Performing Arts on January 18, 1998. The show earned four Tony Awards (Best Book, Best Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Audra McDonald as Sarah). In addition to McDonald, the production starred Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Peter Friedman. Ragtime was revived on Broadway in 2009, starring Christiane Noll, Quentin Earl Darrington and Stephanie Umoh.