The all-new production features a modern take on the sweeping musical portrait of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.
Arden Theatre Company in Old City, Philadelphia opens their 2019-20 season with the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, RAGTIME. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, RAGTIME plays the F. Otto Haas Stage from September 19 through October 20, 2019.
“We are thrilled to be opening our 2019/20 season with this new production of the brilliant musical RAGTIME,” said Arden’s Artistic Director and RAGTIME director Terry Nolen. “The Arden’s mission is to tell great stories by great storytellers, and this is a remarkable story that is sweeping and powerful and deeply moving. Featuring a remarkable score, Ragtime speaks to important issues we continue to grapple with as a nation, and asks us to look at the story of this country— both at the start of a new era over a century ago as well as today.”
Called “a triumph for the stage” by TIME Magazine and “the best musical in twenty years” by the International Herald Tribune, RAGTIME tells the story of three distinct Americans – an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant, and a daring Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and hope in the future. Together, they confront freedom, prejudice, despair, joy, and what it means to be American.
The Arden Theatre production, staged by Artistic Director Terry Nolen, features a cast that includes Alex Bechtel as Henry Ford, Rachel Camp as Evelyn Nesbit, Kim Carson as Mother, Quinn Cason as Coalhouse Follower, Derrick Cobey as Booker T. Washington, Jamison Foreman as Harry Houdini, Nkrumah Gatling as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Scott Greer as Willie Conklin, Cooper Grodin as Tateh, Robi Hager as Younger Brother, Jim Hogan as Father, Jessica Johnson as Sarah’s Friend, Nicholas Pontrelli as Harlem Man, Terran Scott as Sarah, Mary Tuomanen as Emma Goldman, Donovan Bazemore as Coalhouse Walker III, Lily Lexer as Little Girl, and Colin Rivell as Little Boy.
Single tickets to RAGTIME are on sale starting August 7, 2019. Prices start at $18. For more information, visit ardentheatre.org.
Arden Theatre Company presents
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Lynn Ahrens
Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty
September 19 – October 20, 2019
F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia