Union Street in Pittsfield MA had all the excitement of a Broadway Opening as the Tony Award Winning Ragtime opened on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage of Barrington Stage Co. and TC2 and lyricist Lynn Ahrens were there.
Directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco (BSC’s Kiss Me, Kate, Breaking the Code, The Burnt Part Boys), with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Ragtime features choreography by Shea Sullivan, and musical direction by Darren R. Cohen.
At the dawn of the 20th century when everything is changing…and anything is possible, Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales – a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and their belief in obtaining the American Dream. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this exhilarating, dazzling musical is a timeless celebration of the American Spirit.
Starring in the new production of Ragtime is Elizabeth Stanley (Broadway and BSC’s On the Town) as “Mother,” David Harris (Next to Normal at TheaterWorks) as “Father,” Darnell Abraham (Side Show, The Media Theatre) as “Coalhouse,” Zurin Villanueva (Broadway’s Shuffle Along) as “Sarah,” J. Anthony Crane (Broadway’s The Country House) as “Tateh,” Frances Evans as “Little Girl,” Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Broadway’s A Little Night Music) as “Younger Brother,” Elliot Trainor as “Little Boy,” Anne L. Nathan (Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You) as “Emma Goldman,” Lawrence E. Street (Broadway’s Urinetown) as “Booker T. Washington,” Matt Gibson (Broadway’s Gypsy) as “Willie Conklin,” Allen Kendall (Broadway’s Amazing Grace) as “JP Morgan,” Joe Ventricelli (Sleep No More) as “Houdini,” Eric Jon Mahlum (Broadway’s Wicked) as “Henry Ford,” Leanne A. Smith (Rock of Ages, Norwegian Cruises) as “Evelyn Nesbit,” John Little (Cabaret National Tour) as “Grandfather,” and Spencer Mathias Reed as “Coalhouse Walker, Jr.”
Rounding out the ensemble will be Robb Sherman (“Younger”), Allison Blackwell (Broadway’s A Night with Janis Joplin), Christin Avante’ Byrdsong (Figaro! 90210 at The Duke on 42nd Street), Alex Nicholson (Twelfth Night, The Theatre Project), Marie Putko (Figaro! 90210 at The Duke on 42nd Street), and Danielle Lee Jam
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will present the Tony-winning musical Ragtime from June 21 through July 15 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Opening night is Saturday, June 24 at 8:00pm.
(For complete photos of Ragtime Opening Night go to Broadwayworld.com)
(For complete photos of Ragtime Opening and Party go to broadwayworld.com