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 were able to 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 featured 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.

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Narrator – Maureen Lipman

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

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“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…” – WHATS ON STAGE


‘When you mix Katy Lipson’s particular brand of Jewish chutzpah with Bronagh Lagan’s Gaelic sense of adventure, the result can be, as evidenced last Monday at the Duke of Yorks, spectacular.’  

Rags in Concert was an absolute triumph, surprising and moving…”

“An absolute treat for the eyes and ears..” – POST SCRIPT JOURNAL


“..billed as a concert version but, in fact, was far more…”

“A terrific effort produced by the multi-talented Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Matthew Hopton for Knockhardy Productions, with Bronagh Lagan as director and choreography by Grant Murphy. All credit to them and a cause clearly close to their hearts…” – MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW


A stripped-down rendition that nevertheless offered a theatrical punch.”

“Rags the Musical in Concert was a flavour of what a full production of the show could offer the West End, and a reminder of the class of the music and the power of the story. Is it too much to hope for a revival soon, preferably with this cast?” – ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS 4****


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

“..inventive, catchy songs…very good staging from director Bronagh Lagan and choreographer Grant Murphy…”

“A wonderful evening…” – REMOTE GOAT 4****


“It had all the ingredients of a great show..” – WEST END WILMA