The Roundabout Theatre Company will present New York premiere of new Mark Saltzman musical The Tin Pan Alley Rag at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theater, beginning previews June 12 with opening set for July 14. The production, featuring the music and lyrics of Irving Berling and Scott Joplin, will be directed by Stafford Arima. Complete casting and creative team details will be announced shortly.
The first musical production ever to be staged at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre, Tin Pan Alley Rag tells the story of an imagined meeting of two of America’s greatest musicians, composer Scott Joplin and songwriter Irving Berlin. Joplin was a musical prodigy, born the son of a slave, who received a conservatory education and slowly rose to acclaim. Berlin was a Russian Jewish immigrant who couldn't read music, yet catapulted to stardom at the age of 23. Both men changed the landscape of music with their contributions to the first American musical genre, ragtime.
The score for The Tin Pan Alley Rag includes such classic songs as Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano,” “Play a Simple Melody,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer,” among others.
The show will feature choreography by Liza Gennaro and musical direction by Michael Patrick Walker.
Tin Pan Alley Rag is presented in association with Rodger Hess Productions, Inc.