This epic musical by the award-winning composer/lyricist team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, Seussical) paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime intertwines three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.
Flaherty's score is just as diverse as the Melting Pot of America that it seeks to recreate. It draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the immigrants, Vaudeville's outrageous style to capture the spectacle of Evelyn Nesbit, and Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem.
With a book by Terrance McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class), this 1998 Tony award winning show for best score, book, and orchestrations, features such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddy's Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You."
Ragtime stars D. William Hughes (2007 Oregon Theatrical Award Winner for Best Actor as Coalhouse in Ragtime at Lakewood Theatre Company/The Civil War, Miss Saigon, Big River tours) as Coalhouse, Ricky Oliver (Mame/Titanic) as Younger Brother, Mark Gerrard ("The Comeback" HBO) as Tateh, James Andrew Walsh (Tateh in Ragtime national tour) as Father and Richard Vernon returns to APAC after playing Richard in Proof last year, as Grandfather.
The production features an award-winning time with scenic design by Michael P. Kramer (nominated for Outstanding Set Design 2008 IT Award APAC productions’ Proof and Triumph of Love), costume design by David Withrow (IT Award recipient for Bug Boy Blues), lighting design by Travis Walker and sound design by Kristyn R. Smith. Jillian Zeman is the stage manager.
About the Company: Astoria Performing Arts Center
ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001 by Sue Scannell (Founding Executive Director, 2001-2005) and Brian J. Swasey (Founding Artistic Director, 2001-2008). APAC’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens.
On its mainstage, APAC produces revivals and premieres of plays and musicals, and APAC also develops new works through readings and workshops. Its flexible theater space changes with each production. To date, APAC has received 22 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and 5 wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), as well as an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). APAC was the recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, under the leadership of Taryn Sacramone (APAC Executive Director, 2005-2013).
APAC offers free annual community programs, including a summer performance camp for children ages 8-13, an after school playwriting program for middle school students, and a performance program for Queens residents over the age of 60. These programs deepen ties with the community, and develop new audiences for theater. Diverse programming and consistent quality attracts a loyal and growing audience that reflects the diversity of Western Queens and also draws from the other boroughs and beyond.
In addition to its theater space within the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, APAC’s offices are located within the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.
Theater: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Address: 30-44 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11102
Cost:$15 in advanced and $18 at the door
Buy Tickets Online or Call: www.apacny.org at 866-811-411