Earl Carpenter (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Anita Louise Combe (Gypsy, Chicago) will lead the cast in the revival of Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre which opens on 8th October and runs for nine weeks to 10th December
The full cast for this new actor-musician production also includes: Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar), Valerie Cutko (Grand Hotel), Ako Mitchell (Grey Gardens) and Gary Tushaw (Allegro).Who are joined by Simon Anthony (Wonder.land), Anthony Cable (The Phantom of the Opera), Matt Devereaux (Hitler, My Part in His Downfall), Christopher Dickins (War Horse), Tom Giles (Muse of Fire), Joanna Hickman (Sweeney Todd), Rachel Knowles (Spamalot), Kate Robson-Stuart (Betty Blue Eyes), Jennifer Saayeng (City of Angels) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys And Dolls).
Bernadette Bangura, Lemuel Knights and Seyi Omooba all make their professional debut in the show and the cast is completed by child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn, Riya Vyas.
Based on the novel by EL Doctorow, Ragtime takes place in New York at the turn of the 20th Century and tells the story of three very different social groups in America. Coalhouse Walker Jr is a Harlem musician. Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle. Tateh is a Jewish immigrant coming to America with his daughter in a search of a new life. Their lives become dramatically intertwined with one another, as well as with some real historical characters such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, Sigmund Freud, and Henry Ford.
Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty's musical will be directed by Thom Southerland, with choreography by Ewan Jones and musical direction from Jordan Li-Smith, the revival is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
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