The cast of Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future is reuniting for a concert to celebrate the March 2020 release of their original cast recording, released by Broadway Records! The night will feature the whole band, back together for the first time since they recorded the album. Expect songs from the Lortel Award-winning show, other music from the Rags Parkland universe (including cut songs!) and a very exciting announcement! We almost had this concert last year, so we are excited to finally celebrate the past, present, and future of Rags Parkland with you all!
Created by ANDREW R. BUTLER
Directed by JORDAN FEIN
Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK
Costume Design ANDY JEAN
Lighting Design BARBARA SAMUELS
Sound Design MIKAAL SULAIMAN
Music Director MADELINE SMITH
Casting HENRY RUSSELL BERGSTEIN
Production Stage Manager JHANAË K-C BONNICK
Assistant Stage Manager JOHN C. MOORE
RICK BURKHARDT is an Obie-award-winning composer, performer, playwright, and director whose original music, theater, and text pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Taiwan. As songwriter / accordionist, he has shared stages with artists such as Pete Seeger, the Indigo Girls, Utah Phillips, Holly Near, and Peter Yarrow, and his original songs have aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now.”
ANDREW R. BUTLER (he/him) is an actor, writer, and composer. He performed at Ars Nova for the first time in 2010’s ANT Fest, premiering the very first iteration of Rags Parkland. Ars Nova’s 2018 production of the musical received 9 Drama Desk Award nominations, and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. The original cast recording, released by Broadway Records, is available on all streaming platforms! You might have seen Andrew in Futurity (Ars Nova/Soho Rep); The Skin Of Our Teeth (TFANA); Edelweiss (On The Rocks); American Cryptids (Joe’s Pub) or on screen in the Peacock series Girls5Eva. andrewrbutler.com
TONY JARVIS is a multi-instrumentalist (sax, guitar, bass clarinet) singer, composer, songwriter, producer, & music director. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he was a member of punk/funk band Tar Babies (Sst Records). In addition to his most recent original project, N to the Power (Ntothepower.com) Tony has toured with Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and many others. Theater credits include: Fela! (Broadway, London), Miss You Like Hell (Public Theater), & music direction at Sleep No More & The Box. Television credits include HBO’s Treme, The Deuce, & Vinyl.
JESSIE LINDEN is a drummer and percussionist originally from Cleveland, OH. She plays in both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as numerous concerts and events. Recent productions include Come From Away, West Side Story, Beetlejuice, Aladdin and Rags Parkland Sings The Songs of the Future. Jessie is thrilled to be back amongst the Ars Nova family tonight!
STACEY SARGEANT a child of a Trinidad & Tobago parentage, Stacey Sargeant was born & raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn and is a graduate of LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts and Syracuse University’s BFA musical theater program. She received Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel nominations for her work in the NYTimes Critic’s Pick, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future at Ars Nova. Stacey can be seen in the Netflix film, The Forty-Year-Old Version, and in the latest season of Nat Geo’s, Genius: Aretha as Dinah Washington. For more info visit www.staceysargeant.com
DEBBIE CHRISTINE TJONG is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and actress. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, she has been working professionally as a singer and piano player for 10 years.In addition to piano and voice, she plays the bass, guitar and drums. She has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, most recently being in the ensemble and understudying the female lead in The Wrong Man, helmed by the team of Hamilton. Off-Broadway: The Wrong Man (MCC Theater), We’re Gonna Die (Second Stage), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova), Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theater), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical (New Ohio theater).