Look Back at Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and More in Ragtime | Playbill

Photo Features Look Back at Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and More in Ragtime The original production opened on Broadway at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts January 18, 1998.
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime Catherine Ashmore

Ragtime, the musical adaptation of the novel by E.L. Doctorow, opened January 18,1998, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The production played 27 previews and 834 performances before closing January 16, 2000, earning 13 Tony Award nominations and winning four, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

Ragtime tells the story of an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy suburban WASP family in turn-of-the-century America. The musical features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and a book by Terrence McNally.

Look Back at the Original Production of Ragtime

The musical starred Brian Stokes Mitchell as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Audra McDonald as Sarah, Marin Mazzie as Mother, Peter Friedman as Tateh, Alex Strange as the Little Boy, Mark Jacoby as Father, Steven Sutcliffe as Mother's Younger Brother, Judy Kaye as Emma Goldman, Lynnette Perry as Evelyn Nesbit, Lea Michele as the Little Girl, Conrad McLaren as Grandfather/Foreman, Jim Corti as Harry Houdini, David Mucci as Willie Conklin, and Tommy Hollis as Booker T. Washington. Rounding out the cast were Shaun Amyot, Darlene Bel Grayson, Kevin Bogue, Sondra M. Bonito, Rod Campbell, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Larry Daggett, Ralph Deaton, Rodrick Dixon, Bernard Dotson, Donna Dunmire, Adam Dyer, Duane Martin Foster, Patty Goble, Colton Green, Elisa Heinsohn, Anne Kanengeiser, Jeffrey Kuhn, Keith LaMelle Thomas, Joe Langworth, Joe Locarro, Anne L. Nathan, Panchali Null, Mike O'Carroll, Mimi Quillin, Michael Redd, Monica L. Richards, Shane Rogers, Orgena Rose, Gordon Stanley, Angela Teek, Vanessa Townsell-Crisp, Allyson Tucker, Leon Williams, and Bruce Winant with Karen Andrew, John D. Baker, Mark Cassius, Dioni Michelle Collins, Mary Sharon Dziedzic, Valerie Hawkins, Kennl Hobson, and Todd Thurston as swings.

Directed by Frank Galati, Ragtime featured musical staging by Graciela Daniele, production design by Eugene Lee, costume design by design Santo Loquasto with associate costume design/production costume coordination by Janet Grant, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, sound design by Jonathan Deans, and projection design by Wendall K. Harrington with stage management by Randall Whitescarver, Tom Capps, and Dean R. Greer. Visit the Playbill Vault for the complete cast and creative team.

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