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Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by TIME Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America.
The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!
BERNARD DODSON- Director
A native of Los Angeles California, Bernard began his singing career traveling Nationally and Internationally singing the Walt Disney Songbook. While working for the Disney Company he has been featured on TV shows singing in English, French, German, and Japanese. New York Concerts include singing the music of Frank Loesser with The New York Philharmonic, 2012 hit Encores production of "Merrily We Roll Along", Directed by James Lapine, "Finian's Rainbow", "Encores Broadway Bash", and "Dreamgirls" to benefit the Actors Fund. Bernard has been seen on Broadway in 'Finian's Rainbow", (First Gospeleer, Original Revival Cast), "Chicago", (Billy Flynn), "Imaginary Friends", (Leo, Original Cast), starring Swoosie Kurts, Cherry Jones, and Harry Groener, "Sweet Smell Of Success" (Club Zanzibar Singer, Original Cast) Starring John Lithgow and Brian d'Arcy James, "Jesus Christ Superstar", (Original Revival Cast), and the Tony Award winning Musical "Ragtime", (Original Cast). With a host of Regional, National, and International Tours, Bernard has been seen in such shows as "Smokey Joe's Cafe", (Ken), "Five Guys Named Moe", (No Moe), "Kiss Me Kate" (Paul), "Xanadu", (Danny Maguire/Zeus), and "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", just to name a few. Bernard can be heard on six cast recordings and can be seen performing his critically acclaimed One-Man Show "Unexpected Songs"