Ragtime, a musical based on turn of the century America and based on a best-selling novel by E. L. Doctorow, opens tonight, at 7:30, May 30 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and runs through June 16. According to the box office, tickets are going fast.
Doctorow’s novel evolved into a movie following its success and then resurfaced again as a Broadway vehicle written by award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who also penned Once on This Island, Seussical , the Musical, and Lucky Stiff. On board for adapting the book and movie to the stage, they enlisted accomplished playwright, Terrence McNally, who found Broadway accolades with Kiss of the Spider Woman and Master Class.
Ragtime tells the story of three families coming to terms with American life in the Ragtime era. The story display the trials of individuals and their families as they confront historic problems involving wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The story includes real historic characters of magician Harry Houdini, business entrepreneur Henry Ford, seductress and model, Evelyn Nesbit–along with her husband and lover.
Rave reviews from Time Magazine,”A triumph for the stage,” and the International Herald Tribune, “The best musical in twenty years,” explain Ragtime’s allure and its neck and neck race against Disney’s The Lion King for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Ragtime claimed 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical, Best Score.
Ragtime features a cast of Kansas City favorites well known in the theatrical circle. Ragtime, directed by Karen Paisley features knockout actors and singers: Wil Andrew-Weiss, Robert Gibby Brand, Allison Banks, Victoria Barbee, Tony Beasley, Kevin Bickwermert, Stephanie Charlton, Christiana Coffey, Sean Connors, Michael Dragen, Andrea Fantauzzi, Jordan Fox, Hannah Freeman, Charles Fugate, Chris Gleeson, Liz Clark Golson, Jordan Haas, Teal Holliday, Donovan Kidd, Matthew King, Justin G. McCoy,Linnaia McKenzie, Robert McNichols, Jr., Caiel J. Noble, Karen Paisley, Bob Paisley, Andy Penn, Dominique Roberson, Chelsea Russell, Emma Taylor, Alan Tilson, Bradley Turner, JaJuan Turner II, Megan Walstrom, Willis White, Ray Zarr,
With such a well known show and only 15 performances the box office expects many sellouts. Call for tickets with credit card in hand or book online from the comfort of home by using their website: www.metkc.org
Tickets sales continue via the box office and through the Internet. Shows run Thursday-Sunday. Check the website www.metkc.org to see specific dates and times. Tickets cost $35 per person and a limited number of student tickets at $20 may be purchased at the door five minutes prior to curtain if seats remain. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main, KCMO 64111, 816. 569. 3226 , or email@example.com.