Ragtime has today received a record 14 Off West End Award nominations! Ragtime is the second in-house production at Charing Cross Theatre following the multi award-winning Titanic. Directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams. ‘Ragtime” continues its acclaimed run until Saturday, December 10th 2016.
It is the turn of the 20th Century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. Based on the novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime weaves together the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, a Harlem musician; Mother and her white, middle-class family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. Their fictional lives become dramatically intertwined with one another as well as with historical figures including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, JP Morgan and Henry Ford.
Ragtime led the 1998 Tony Awards with 12 nominations, winning 4 including Best Book by Terrence McNally and Best Original Score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
The full cast are: Simon Anthony, Bernadette Bangura, Anthony Cable, Earl Carpenter, Anita Louise Combe, Valerie Cutko, Christopher Dickins, Nolan Frederick, Tom Giles, Joanna Hickman, Lemuel Knights, Martin Ludenbach, James Mack, Ako Mitchell, Sufia Manya, Seyi Omooba, Jess Ryan, Kate Robson-Stuart, Jennifer Saayeng, Jonathan Stewart, Gary Tushaw, and child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn, Riya Vyas.
Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre has been nominated for the following Offie Awards
- Best Female Performance: Anita Louise Combe for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role: Joanna Hickman and Jennifer Saayeng for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Male Performance: Ako Mitchell and Gary Tushaw for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role: Jonathan Stewart for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Director: Thom Southerland for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Lighting Designer: Howard Hudson for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Set Designer: Tom Rogers & Toots Butcher for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Costume Designer: Jonathan Lipman for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Choreographer: Ewan Jones for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Musical Production: Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
- Best Musical Director: Jordan Li-Smith for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
This is a beautiful production of a much under-rated show, and an absorbing and heartfelt musical.
Review of Ragtime by Chris Omaweng
Saturday 8 October – Saturday 10 December 2016
Charing Cross Theatre
London WC2N 6NL