Ragtime at the Kennedy CenterRagtime is coming back to Broadway and I am psyched.

This 1998 show deserved a lot more acclaim than it got back in the 1998-99 season. For the Tony Awards it was up against The Lion King. The lack of major Tony love, along with the collapse of its production house and the show’s sprawling, expensive (and some would say bloated) production values killed this amazing show after only two years on Broadway.

This spring the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. mounted a successful and well-reviewed new production and it’s headed to Broadway this fall. It will play the more intimate Neil Simon Theatre (after the cavernous Ford Center, practically any other Broadway house is more intimate) with previews starting October 23 ahead of a November 15 opening. Casting isn’t announced yet, but from what I’ve read it’s expected that the Kennedy Center cast will be given the chance to reprise their roles.

Yet another reason to look forward to fall…

Here’s director Marcia Milgrom Dodge talking about her vision for the show…