Ragtime

May 2011

Coalhouse Walker Jr. is a fiery black piano man who demands retribution when his Model T is destroyed by a mob of white troublemakers. Walker's love interest is a young girl named Sarah--played in the Broadway production by Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald--who has been taken in by a WASP family ruled by "Father," a patriarchal figure who dominates his household (and his submissive wife) with his overbearing presence. Tateh is a Jewish immigrant who unwittingly finds himself involved in the birth of the motion picture industry after inventing a flip book for his daughter. An adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel, Ragtime takes us into the lives of these characters in a tale of turn-of-the-century America that also features such historical figures as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford.

Based on the novel, Ragtime, by E . L . Doctorow

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Director: Sharon FitzHenry

Music Director: Bill Martin

Cast: 

  • Father — J.J. Martin
  • Mother — Sue Dziura
  • Little Boy Matthew — "Sparky" Falkowski
  • Grandmother — Moonyean Field
  • Young Brother — Jonathan Simmons
  • Conklin — Jon Trekker
  • Coalhouse Jerrell Young
  • Sarah — Chae-vonne Munroe
  • Sarah's friend — Stephanie Foster
  • Sarah's friend — Erica Romeo
  • Coalhouse's friend/Conductor — Anthony Coleman
  • Coalhouse's friend/Hensen — Josh Thompson
  • Booker T. Washington — Joshua Thompson
  • Young Coalhouse — Kason Sheffield
  • Harry Houdini — Andrew Small
  • Brigit — Reva Kleppel
  • Kathleen — Khara Hoyer
  • Emma Goldman — Jayne Newirth
  • Evelyn Nesbitt — Sara Steiner
  • Tateh — Luis Manzi
  • Little Girl — Maeve Jordan
  • Henry Ford — Matthew Falkowski Sr.
  • JP Morgan/Adm Perry — David Climo
  • showgirl/sob sister — Jessica Serra
  • Policeman — Michael May