Ruthie Ann Miles Books First. U.S. Performance Since Daughter's Death and Losing Unborn Baby
Miles will star in a special performance of Camelot alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ruthie Ann Miles continues to soldier on in the wake of tragedy.
The Tony Award winner has booked her first gig since the car crash that took the life of her 5-year-old daughter and the loss of her unborn baby less than a year ago.
On March 4, 2019, the actress, 35, will join Lin-Manuel Miranda in a performance of Camelot to benefit New York City’s Lincoln Center, where the concert will be held, according to a press release from the theater.
Miranda will star as King Arthur and Miles will play Nimue, the enchantress who gives the legendary monarch his magical sword, Excalibur.
Directed by Bartlett Sher (South Pacific), Camelot, first performed in 1960 and written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, revolves around King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Popular songs include “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “What Do The Simple Folk Do?,” and the title song “Camelot.” A 30-piece orchestra, led by Ted Sperling, will provide the score, originally written by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang, the release states. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
In August 2018, Miles returned to the stage in London’s West End for the very first time since accident in March that year. She reprised her role as Lady Thiang in The King and I. She was regular in the show’s London cast when the car crash took place.
In an emotional tweet the after Miles’ first performance in months, her costar, Kelli O’Hara wrote, “Last night, our friend @RuthieAnnMiles was a triumph in @KingandIWestEnd. Every moment was a gift and continues to be.”
“She is singing like an angel and commanding the stage with a heavenly force,” O’Hara, 42, added. “An inspiration to all. I knew you would want to know.”
In March 2018, Miles — who was seven months pregnant at the time — was injured and her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail Blumenstein, was killed when a driver struck them in Brooklyn, New York. The driver also struck and killed 1-year-old Joshua Lew and injured his mother, Miles’ friend Lauren.
On May 17, Miles’ family lawyer, Ben Rubinowitz, announced on Instagram on her behalf that the child she and her husband Jonathan Blumenstein were expecting did not make it.
“At the time of the crash, Ruthie was pregnant and was severely injured,” Rubinowitz said.
He went on to explain that the couple had chosen a name, Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein, for their unborn daughter, adding, “The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom.”