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Ragtime

Summer 2018

Ragtime

“A triumph for the stage…” – Time Magazine

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel RAGTIME by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Dennis Razze

JUNE 13 – JULY 1 | MAIN STAGE

At the dawn of the 20th century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together — that of a stifled but determined upper-class homemaker, an indomitable Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage and their pursuit of the American dream, against extraordinary odds. Ragtime was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won for best score, book, and orchestrations. “Intoxicating” by the Associated Press, and “Explosive and thrilling!” by Bloomberg News, this acclaimed musical is an unflinching examination of human striving and a timeless celebration of the American spirit. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, lauded for PSF’s completely sold out Evita last summer, West Side Story (2016) and Les Miserablés (2015), this production will be a “must see.” PG-13 for some offensive language.

Similar to the last three seasons, PSF expects the majority of performances for the musical to sell out. Order early for the best seating options.

Extras

  • Opening Night, Friday, June 15: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show: Thursday, June 21 and 28.
  • Director’s Dinners – specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Sunday, June 17, 5:00pm, and Wednesday, June 27, 5:00pm.
  •  Audio described and open captioned performance: Wednesday June 27, 8:00pm.

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Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Ragtime Thrills.”

“From its panoramic opening number to its stirring finale, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s visually lush production, directed by Dennis Razze, does the show thrilling justice.”

“Broadway-caliber talent.”

“The staging is gorgeous.”

“Blazingly relevant…”

Broad Street Review:

“Dazzling…a message of hope.”

“Beautifully realized…”

“Excellent trio of principals…”

Reading Eagle:

“An artistic triumph.”

“Thrilling…”

“Directed by Dennis Razze with stunning imagination and innovative staging choices, the show may be the boldest mounting ever attempted by the festival.”

Vocally, it is sheer perfection.”

“Razze releases the story’s intrinsic power with understated yet shrewd stylistic solutions.”

“As the song says: ‘And there was distant music, skipping a beat, singing a dream.’ That dream is here, at the festival. ‘Ragtime’ just may be a valiant historic leap for this cherished regional institution.”

The Morning Call

“Ragtime is a power tour de force.”

“Compelling story and music.”

“Nkrumah Gatling is riveting as Coalhouse Walker Jr.”

“Gatling’s voice is sublime and Destinee Rea as Sarah, matches his power and puts her own stamp on songs like their duet ‘Wheels of a Dream’.”

“You can’t wait to hear [Brandi Burkhardt’s] glorious voice again.”

“Inspired…”

“Powerful, entertaining look at the past.”

The Lehigh Valley Press:

“…is yet another PSF blockbuster.”

“Astounding production values, and a cast of lead performers who seemingly stepped from the Broadway stage onto the Main Stage at the Labuda Center.”

“Fantastical, jaw-dropping, engrossing…”

“Don’t miss it.”

Features & Press Releases

THE DIRECTOR’S TAKE


The Director’s Take By Dennis Razze Most people are familiar with the musical genre of ragtime because of the 1973 film The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. For the film, composer Marvin Hamlisch adapted the music of 1890s composer Scott Joplin, who was known as the “King of Ragtime” for his catchy compositions such […]

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Artists

CAST

CARLY HUESTON AMBURN*
Evelyn Nesbit, Ensemble

BRENT BATEMAN*
Willie Conklin, Ensemble

BRANDI BURKHARDT*
Mother

JACK DOYLE*
Henry Ford, Ensemble

SAMUEL DRUHORA*
Tateh

NKRUMAH GATLING*
Coalhouse Walker Jr.

FREDDIE KIMMEL*
Harry Houdini, Ensemble

BRYANT MARTIN*
Father

MICHELE RAGUSA*
Emma Goldman

DESTINEE REA*
Sarah

ROD SINGLETON*
Booker T. Washington, Ensemble

RICHARD WHITE*
Grandfather, Ensemble

DAVID ANDRÉ
Ensemble

DOMINIQUE JENAE ATWATER
Sarah’s Friend, Ensemble

MACIE BAZELLA
Little Girl

KYLE MICHAEL BROWN
Ensemble, u/s Booker T. Washington

SARITA CRAWFORD
Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble

MILES DEMARIA
Little Boy

EMMA FLISZAR
Little Girl

MEGAN FRY
Ensemble

BRANDON HEYWARD
Dance Co-Captain, Ensemble

SABRINA JOSEPH
Ensemble

ANGELA LAROSE
Ensemble, u/s Evelyn Nesbit

MALACHI LYNCH
Young Coalhouse

MAX MCCONNELL
Young Coalhouse

RENEE MCFILLIN
Ensemble

JAYCE MEREDITH
Ensemble, u/s Younger Brother

COLIN MOORE
Little Boy

GABE MOSES
Ensemble

ALYSSA RAMSEY
Ensemble

CATHY RITTER
Brigit, Ensemble, u/s Emma Goldman

KYRA ROBINSON
Ensemble

MEAGHAN ROSSI
Ensemble

BO SAYRE
Stanford White, u/s Henry Ford

DAVE SCHEFFLER
J.P. Morgan, Ensemble, u/s Grandfather

ANDREW SCOGGIN
Harry K. Thaw, u/s Father, u/s Willie Conklin, Ensemble

ALEXANDRA SÉMAN
Kathleen, Ensemble

JAMES STABP
Younger Brother

CAMERON I. STARLING-RONEY
Young Coalhouse

ABIGAIL STEPHENSON
Ensemble

ALANA THOMAS
Ensemble, u/s Sarah

MIGUEL ANGEL VASQUEZ
Ensemble, Coalhouse u/s

MARK YOWAKIM
Ensemble, Musician, u/s Tateh, u/s Houdini

ARTISTIC TEAM

PATRICK MULCAHY
Producing Artistic Director

DENNIS RAZZE
Director/Associate Artistic Director

CASEY GALLAGHER
Managing Director

STEPHEN CASEY
Choreographer

J. BENNETT DURHAM
Music Director

NATHAN DIEHL
Conductor

STEVE TENEYCK
Scenic Designer

COURTNEY IRIZARRY
Costume Coordinator

ERIC T. HAUGEN
Lighting Designer

MATT KRAUS
Sound Designer

J. ALEX CORDARO
Fight Director

GAIL EVE MALATESTA*
Stage Manager

CAROLYN REICH*
Assistant Stage Manager

LAURA STANCZYK, CSA
New York Casting

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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