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Cast announced for Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre
Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe lead the cast of Ragtime.
West End and Broadway star Earl Carpenter will lead the cast of this new actor-musician production, alongside Anita Louise Combe, Simon Anthony, Bernadette Bangura, Anthony Cable, Cavin Cornwall, Valerie Cutko, Matt Devereaux, Christopher Dickins, Tom Giles, Joanna Hickman, Lemuel Knights, Rachel Knowles, Ako Mitchell, Seyi Omooba, Kate Robson-Stuart, Jennifer Saayeng, Jonathan Stewart, Gary Tushaw and child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn, Riya Vyas.
Ragtime is based on the novella by E.L Doctorow and features a book by Terrence McNally and score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Originally opening on Broadway in the 1997/8 season, it earned 12 Tony Award nominations and went on to win four awards including Best Score. The musical has previously been seen in London at the Piccadilly Theatre, the Landor and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
This new production is directed by Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre Thom Southerland and is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
"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. It 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."
This actor-musician production features orchestrations and musical supervision by Mark Aspinall, choreography by Ewan Jones, set designers by Tom Rogers and Toots Butcher, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Andrew Johnson costume design by Jonathan Lipman and musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.