Ragtime: The Musical with full original Broadway orchestrations to be performed in the City of London this June.
Under amateur licence from Josef Weinberger Ltd., Bishopsgate Institute and Centre Stage London present a staged concert of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Ragtime – The Musical for six performances only in June 2016.
Ragtime – The Musical is based on the 1975 novel Ragtime by E L Doctorow and features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally – all of which won Tony Awards in 1998. This production will run at the Bishopsgate Institute in the heart of the City of London from 14 to 19 June.
Ragtime presents the colliding lives of three groups in the early 20th Century. We follow White suburbanites, Eastern-European Jewish immigrants and Harlem-resident African-Americans, set against the backdrop of pivotal moments in American history, most notably the emergence of ragtime music.
The lush score features “Back to Before”, “Wheels of a Dream”, and the haunting classic “Your Daddy’s Son”.
Featuring the full, original, Tony Award-winning orchestrations performed by twenty-one outstanding musicians, and an onstage cast supported by an offstage choir, this is a fully-realised, performer-focused reimagining of a Broadway classic.
Premiering in Toronto on 1997, its Broadway production opened on January 1998 and ran for 834 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. Audra McDonald, playing the role of Sarah, won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
The show had a limited run in the West End in 2003, winning Maria Friedman an Olivier Award for the role of Mother, and a re-imagined staging more recently at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2012.
With a creative collaboration that has lasted thirty years, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty are the prolific and well-loved writers of shows ranging from Seussical, which remains one of the most-performed musicals in the US, the Olivier Award-winning Once On This Island, to wonderful, lesser-known scores including My Favourite Year, Lucky Stiff and A Man of No Importance. The stage musical adaptation of their animated feature Anastasia will have its world premiere in Hartford, USA in May-June 2016.
This new staged concert production is directed by Toby Hine with musical direction by Ben Ferguson and choreography by Lemington Ridley. The cast includes: Michael Onabanjo-Whittaker (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Sara Rajeswaran (Sarah), Tasha Msanide (Sarah’s friend), Michael Smith (Father), Trudi Camilleri (Mother), Will Howells (Younger Brother), Chris Hughes-Copping (Boy), Philip Doyle (Tateh), Marsha Blake (Girl), Tal Hewitt (Emma Goldman), Masimba Ushe (Booker T Washington), Siobhan Aarons (Evelyn Nesbit), Gabi Benton-Stace (Harry Houdini), Stephen Hewitt (JP Morgan / Henry Ford), Daisy Simpson (Admiral Peary), Daniel Haswell (Charles S Whitman), Lauren Nixon (Kathleen), Lesley Birch (Mrs Whitstein), Lora Jones (Policeman), Sean Westwood (Willie Conklin), Stephanie Da Silva Jardim (Brigit) and Basil Zafiropoulos (Stanford White).
Ragtime – The Musical
Music by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Book by: Terrence McNally
Based on: the novel by E L Doctorow
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
14 – 19 June 2016 Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 June, 7.30pm. Matinee
Sun 19 June at 2.00pm.
Tickets: Available at www.bishopsgate.org.uk
on 020 7392 9200 or in person at Bishopsgate Institute.
Produced by: Francesca Canty on behalf of Bishopsgate Institute and
Centre Stage London
Directed by: Toby Hine and devised by the company
Musical Direction: Ben Ferguson
Movement and Choreography: Lemington Ridley
Additional Direction: Lemington Ridley and Daniel Penfold
Design: Daniel Penfold
Costume: Lemington Ridley
Lighting Design: Markus Baxter
Sound Designer: Adrian Jeakins
Technical Production Manager: Giles Burden