Do you hear the distant music? Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has announced the lineup for an all-star concert staging of Ragtime, directed by Broadway's Jason Danieley.
Danieley, who was married to Broadway's original Mother, the late Marin Mazzie, will lead the production through three performances at Symphony Hall in Boston May 11, 12 and 13, and an outdoor concert staging at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts July 8th.
The concert will star Tony nominee Elizabeth Stanley as Mother, Nikki Renée Daniels as Sarah, Tony nominee A.J. Shively as Mother's Younger Brother, David Harris as Father, and Klea Blackhurst as Emma Goldman. Alton Fitzgerald White will reprise his role as Coalhouse Walker Jr., 24 years after he replaced original star Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway run and playing the role on the production's first national tour.
They will be supported by a chorus of to-be-announced vocalists.
The concert version of Ragtime was carefully created by the original creative team, including Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and the late Terrence McNally. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Keith Lockhart.
News of the concert comes on the heels of the rescheduled reunion of Ragtime's original broadway cast for the Entertainment Community Fund.
Based on the classic American novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime mixes fictional characters and historical ones in telling the story of Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Black man who buys a Model T Ford, setting off a chain of events that involve all levels of New York City society—along with magician Harry Houdini, industrialist Henry Ford, celebrity Evelyn Nesbit, Black leader Booker T. Washington, architect Sanford White, revolutionary Emma Goldman, Admiral Peary, a Latvian immigrant who becomes a movie director, and a not-so-quiet family in suburban New Rochelle, New York.
Tickets for the concert staging will be made available in March. For more information, visit BSO.org.