On March 27, Audra reunited with the Ragtime cast for Entertainment Community Fund’s one-night-only benefit reunion concert. This much-anticipated concert, which took place at the Minskoff Theater in New York, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ragtime’s Broadway opening and raised more than $1 million in support of the programs and services to help people in the performing arts and entertainment community.
Most of the original broadway cast of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical performed, including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Peter Friedman, and Judy Kaye. Lea Michele, who originated the role of “Little Girl”, introduced a tribute segment honoring Ragtime company members who have passed away. Tony award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara played “Mother”, a role that was originally performed by the late Marin Mazzie.
Other featured cast members included Mark Aldrich, Shaun Amyot, John D. Baker, Jack Baumrind, Darlene Bel Grayson, Dara Paige Bloomfield, Sandra M. Bonitto, Sherry Boone, Jack Casey, Mark Cassius, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Albert Christmas, Jim Corti, Pierce Cravens, Larry Daggett, Bernard Dotson, Roberta Duchak, Donna Dunmire, Adam Dyer, Duane Martin Foster, Patty Goble, Elisa Heinsohn, David Hess, Adam Hunter, Mark Jacoby, Kimberly JaJuan, Anne Kanengeiser, Judy Kaye, Mary Sharon Komarek (Dziedzic), Joe Langworth, Kai Latorre, Joe Locarro, Dan Manning, Michael X. Martin, Mary McCandless, Anne L. Nathan, Lynnette Perry, Orgena Rose, Gordon Stanley, Steven Sutcliffe, Addyson Evelyn Tabankin, Keith Thomas, Todd Thurston, Vanessa Townsell-Crisp, Allyson Tucker, Rema Webb, Leon Williams, Bruce Winant, and Eric Jordan Young.
Watch a highlights video from the unforgettable evening here. Official merchandise from the one-night-only concert is also now on sale here.
All proceeds from this one-night only benefit concert, as well as net proceeds from the sale of merchandise, support the Entertainment Community Fund, a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing.