Published on May 2, 2012
A Look at the 2012 production of the musical "Ragtime" at Near West Theatre featuring musical clips as well as insights from Director Bob Navis,Jr. and actors from the production. (http://www.nearwesttheatre.com)
Video Produced by Geoff Short
Ragtime at Near West Theatre:
Directed By Bob Navis, Jr.
Musical Direction by Jordan Cooper
Choreography by Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek
"Ragtime": May 4 - 20, 2012 (May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 18, 19 & 20). Thurs., Fri. & Sat. performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3 p.m. Tickets: $8 Adults, $6 Children (12 & under). Star Seat, $20, helps defray the actual cost of the production! All seats general admission. Purchase online anytime at www.nearwesttheatre.org or by calling 216-961-6391, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Book by Terrence McNally -- Music by Stephen Flaherty --Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- Based on the novel "Ragtime" by E. L. Doctorow
"Ragtime" is the story of "an era exploding" with issues of race, class, culture, power and change. Set in 1906, "Ragtime" interweaves the fictional stories of a wealthy family from a New York City suburb, an African American family from Harlem and a Jewish immigrant family from Latvia and the Lower East Side, who also encounter historical characters such as Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman, Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit, J.P Morgan and Harry Houdini. The new music of the era, ragtime, permeates the score as a metaphor for a changing world, with its off-beat rhythms, varied speeds and beautiful melodies.
After two years of shows in the round (since "The Secret Garden" in May 2010), Near West returns to a proscenium setup for "Ragtime". The St. Pat's Club Building's ornate opera boxes, usually covered for Near West shows, are being incorporated creatively into the Ragtime set. You won't want to miss it!
Little Boy - Skipper Rankin
Father - Jeffrey Braun
Mother - Ryann Angelotti
Younger Brother - Eric Thomas Fancher
Grandfather - David Hill
Coalhouse - Geoff Short
Sarah - Nikki Sumlin
Booker T. Washington - Anthony Williams
Tateh - Hans Holznagel
Little Girl - Alana Jarrell
Houdini - Andrew Pollis
Henry Ford - Aaron T. Phillips
Emma Goldman - Kristy Cruz
Evelyn Nesbit - Michelle Unger
Harry K. Thaw - Karl Saifi
Sarah's Friend - Shekinah "CoCo" Smith
Willie Conklin - Bob Zombar
Brian Blankenship, Heather Brown, Christopher Byrom, Theresa Dean, Hannah Forte, Maggie Halm, Cyndi Hill, Dave Hopkins, Alexa Jones, Daniel Krentz, Anna Kukelhan, Antoinette Kula, Kate Michalski, Sarah Michalski, Chrystal Okonta, Aaron T. Phillips, Cocoa Price, Sara Radak, Karl Saifi, Ernest Schwarz, Tamicka Scruggs, Shekinah "CoCo" Smith, Gwen Stembridge, Christine Thompson, Sandra Voorhees, Larry Ward, Rachel Woods, Justin Woody, Bob Zombar.
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