Rags The Musical

28th April 2014 – Lyric Theatre


A charity gala in aid of the charity CENTREPOINT, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people.



Coming to London’s West End for the first time ever, RAGS The Musical played for one night only in a special concert adaptation at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.


RAGS The Musical opened on Broadway in 1986, receiving Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. With music written by Charles Strouse (Annie), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), West End audiences will see – for the very first time – this beautiful and powerful musical on stage.


Telling the tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America, RAGS The Musical is a story of love, loss and hope. Featuring a score celebrating the multicultural music which was filling the streets on New York in 1910, this concert version features all of the show’s major songs, including Children of the Wind, Wanting and Penny A Tune.


RAGS The Musical – In Concert was produced by Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions, in aid of Centrepoint, whose previous West End charity concerts include Children of Eden at The Prince of Wales Theatre, and Cinderella Boom or Bust at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.



Rebecca – Caroline Sheen
Saul – Tim Rogers
Avram – Matt Zimmerman
Bella – Leila Benn Harris
Ben – James Yeoburn
Rachel – Jenny Logan
David – Sebastian Croft
Nathan – Graham MacDuff

Ensemble: Amelia Adams-Pearce, Shirley Jameson, Ben Stock, Marc Joseph, Danny Whitehead


Director – Bronagh Lagan

Musical Director – Caroline Humphris

Choreographer – Grant Murphy




“Maureen Lipman as Narrator proved the icing on the cake. Who better to bring the necessary wry humour and warmth to Rags? Centrepoint will rightly benefit from this one-off staging, but it would be satisfying to see such a promising production given a longer lease of life.” – WHATSONSTAGE


“Rags in Concert was an absolute triumph, surprising and moving.” – POST SCRIPT JOURNAL


“Excellent traditional Jewish-inspired score of Charles Strouse to life
whilst the actors performed the songs around them.” – ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS ★★★★


“Had this been the production that had opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on 21st August 1986, it would probably still be running.” – REMOTE GOAT ★★★★