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An Era Exploding, a Century Spinning

  • An Era Exploding, a Century Spinning

    The magnificent production of the brilliant Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens-Terrence McNally musical Ragtime that played at the Kennedy Center earlier this year is soon to open on Broadway, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, with a 40-member cast that includes Christiane Noll as Mother, Ron Bohmer as Father, Bobby Steggert as Younger Brother, Quentin Earl Darrington as Coalhouse Walker, Stephanie Umoh as Sarah, Robert Petkoff as Tateh, Sarah Rosenthal as The Little Girl, and Christopher Cox as The Little Boy. Here are my pix of the press preview that was held on Wednesday, October 7.


    They can never go back to before: Christiane Noll, Bobby Steggert, and Ron Bohmer.


    Their shtetl is America: Robert Petkoff and Sarah Rosenthal.


    They will ride on the wheels of a dream: Stephanie Umoh and Quentin Earl Darrington.


    Two great American success stories: Michael X. Martin as J.P. Morgan and Jonathan Hammond as Harry Houdini.


    And there was distant music...


    ...simple and somehow sublime...


    ...it was the music of something beginning...


    ...the people call it Ragtime!

    Published on Thursday, October 8, 2009

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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