Rags – The Musical

Photographs from the original Hope Mill Theatre production.

9th February to 8th April 2020 – Park Theatre, London

 

 

An Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre production

 

Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Revised Book by David Thompson 

Produced in association with Matthew Hopton of Knockhardy Productions.

 

RAGS The Musical tells the heart-warming and powerful tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America.

 

Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope.

 

With a ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie and the book-writer of Fiddler on the Roof, this is a sweeping saga of America’s immigrant past.

 

This is a transfer of the UK premiere of this eagerly anticipated new version which premiered at Hope Mill Theatre in February 2019 and is directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women, Putting It Together, Promises, Promises).

 

RAGS The Musical is a story of love, loss and hope. Featuring a score celebrating the multicultural music which was filling the streets of New York in 1910. It is a saga of both hope and disappointment, of power and greed, of strength and love, combined with memorable music.

 

“…an unforgettable, unique and vibrant treat..” ★★★★★ Jewish Telegraph

Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd

 

CREATIVES

DIRECTOR – Bronagh Lagan
MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Joe Bunker
ORCHESTRATIONS – Nick Barstow
CHOREOGRAPHER – Philip Thomas
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER – Gregor Donnelly
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Derek Anderson
SOUND DESIGNER – James Nicholson
CASTING DIRECTOR – Jane Deitch
CHILDREN’S CASTING – Keston & Keston
PR – Amanda Malpass PR
GENERAL MANAGEMENT – Chris Matanlé & Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – Knockhardy Productions
PRODUCER – Hope Mill Theatre
PRODUCER – Aria Entertainment

 

Reviews of 2019 Hope Mill Theatre Production

 

“..an unforgettable, unique and vibrant treat..” – JEWISH TELEGRAPH ★★★★★

 

“RAGS is beautifully executed theatre which will sweep you away with its gritty and poignant storytelling.” – OPENING NIGHT ★★★★★

 

“It’s another hit from the Manchester-based Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment,
who once again prove their commitment to nurturing musicals and producing first class productions.” – BEN HEWIS ★★★★★

 

“ ..a strong cast that give a breathtaking performance both individually and as an ensemble.” – SINCERELY AMY ★★★★★