I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett • Ragtime • Venus in Fur • Forever Plaid • A Christmas Carol • Noises Off
Woody Sez • End of the Rainbow • The Whipping Man • An Iliad • Ain’t Misbehavin’ • Rep Lab • The History of Invulnerability
September 17 – October 27
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel “Ragtime”
by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Mark Clements
Carol and Rob Manegold, Executive Producers
WINNER of 4 TONY AWARDS including
BEST BOOK and BEST SCORE
WINNER of the DRAMA DESK AND OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS for BEST MUSICAL
Nominated for TWO GRAMMY AWARDS
Voted by Time Magazine as among the Top 100 Best novels of the last century, this sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream. Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the stage “on the wheels of a dream” in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at The Rep.
Meet the Cast
Behind the Scenes
"With my arrival, The Rep instituted a tradition of producing powerful, thought provoking musicals in the Quadracci Powerhouse. This season’s offering is an extremely moving and uplifting adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s well-loved and epic novel, Ragtime. This musical is guaranteed to live in your memory forever."
» Learn more about Ragtime from Artistic Director Mark Clements
Carmen Cusack *
Jonathan Gillard Daly*±
Michael Doherty *
Elizabeth Earley *
Kelley Faulkner *
Gavin Gregory *
Melissa Joy Hart *
David Hess *
Jessie Hooker *
Carl Clemons Hopkins *
Freddie Kimmel *
Josh Landay *
Shina Ann Morris *
Gabriel Mudd *
Beth Mulkerron *
Gerard Neugent *±
James Patterson *
Sam Strasfeld *
Bethany Thomas *
Steve Watts *
Artistic Director/Director, Mark Clements
Music Director, Dan Kazemi ±
Scenic Designer, Todd Edward Ivins ±
Costume Designer, Alex Tecoma
Lighting Designer, Jeff Nellis ±
Sound Designer, John Tanner ±
Choreographer, Stephen Mear
Dialect Coach, Jill Walmsley Zager
Assistant Sound Designer, Henry Lewis II
Assistant Director, Emily Penick
Stage Manager, Laura F. Wendt *
Assistant Stage Manager, Sarah Hoffmann *
Assistant Stage Manager, Kimberly Ann McCann *
Stage Management Apprentice, Kaitlin Kitzmiller
± Rep Associate Artist
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Luke Brotherhood (Edgar) returns to The Rep after appearing as Percy Smudge in last season’s production of A Christmas Carol, Billy in Assassins and in Rep Lab during the 2011/12 Season. Other credits include It’s a Wonderful Life (Sunset Playhouse) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (First Stage Children’s Theater). -Top-
Carmen Cusack (Mother) is an internationally known stage actress whose career has spanned the globe. Recent credits include Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2012). Other credits include the national tours of South Pacific and Wicked, the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie – The Musical and the West End productions of Les Misérables, The Secret Garden and Personals. -Top-
Jonathan Gillard Daly (Grandfather) returns to The Rep after appearing in last season’s productions of Sense and Sensibility, The Diary of Anne Frank and Assassins. Other recent credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman and Cabaret. Daly is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN and is a 30-year veteran of regional theaters throughout the U.S. -Top-
Michael Doherty (Younger Brother) is making his Rep debut with this production. Credits include Assistance (Wilma Theater); Next to Normal (Arden Theatre Company); Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown and Treasure Island: A Musical Panto (People’s Light and Theatre); Dublin by Lamplight (Inis Nua Theatre Company) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (1812 Productions). -Top-
Elizabeth Earley (Chorus/Ensemble) making her Rep debut recently finished a run with the national tour of Mary Poppins. She can be seen currently in Merry Go Round Playhouse’s production of Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Prior to Marry Poppins she was nominated for a 2010 SALT Award as Best Actress of the Season in A Chorus Line. -Top-
Kelley Faulkner (Evelyn Nesbitt) was most recently seen at The Rep in The Diary of Anne Frank. Other recent credits include playing Patsy Cline in Always . . . Patsy Cline, Belle/Lucy in A Christmas Carol and Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. Other credits include: Proof (Theatrefest); Oliver! and State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Chicago (New Candlelight Theatre) and Give My Regards to Broadway (Kimmel Center) and The Music Man and Street Scene (NYC Opera). -Top-
Gavin Gregory (Coalhouse) is making his Rep debut with Ragtime. Broadway credits include Porgy and Bess (Richard Rodgers Theatre), The Color Purple (Broadway Theatre) and The Lion King (Disney). Regional Theater credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ragtime (Portland Center Stage); Violet (Actors’ Express) Chess and Ananse, The African Spiderman (The Alliance Theatre) and Black Nativity (Jomandi Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Law & Order SVU, Dawson’s Creek and The Cold Dish. -Top-
Melissa Joy Hart (Emma Goldman) returns to The Rep after having appeared as Emma Goldman in last season’s production of Assassins. Regional credits include Amadeus, Sound of Music, Jacques Brel (Walnut Street Theatre), Into the Woods (Arden Theatre Company), Little Mermaid (Fulton Theatre), Fat Pig (Theatre Horizon) and Musicale Series (Bristol Riverside Theatre). -Top-
David Hess (Father) will be making his Rep debut with this production. He recently starred as Sweeney in the Broadway national tour of Sweeney Todd. Other recent credits include Treasure Island (Arkansas Repertory Theatre). A veteran of Broadway, national tours, Off-Broadway and Regional Theater, he recently received Chicago’s Jeff Award for his portrayal as Charlie in Shendandoah at the Marriott Theatre. -Top-
Jessie Hooker (Sarah) will be making her Rep debut with Ragtime. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Sistas (St. Luke’s Theatre) and in the national tour of Legally Blonde. Other credits include: Company (Geva Theatre Center); Rent and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (NCCA Papermill Theatre); Something’s Afoot and God’s Favorite (Great Plains Theatre); West Side Story and Hairspray. -Top-
Carl Clemons Hopkins (Booker T) returns to The Rep after appearing in last season’s hit production Blues in the Night. Regional credits include: Eclectic Society (World Premiere) and My Way (Walnut Street Theatre); Pericles (Georgia Shakespeare); Avenue X, Rent and Little Shop of Horrors (11th Hour Theatre Company); Topdog/Underdog, Orphans and This Is How It Goes (Philadelphia Fringe Festival); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Christmas Dreams (Theater Horizon) and Robin Hood (Arden Theatre Company). -Top-
Tyler Johnson (Edgar) will be making his Rep debut with Ragtime. Recent credits include Once on This Island at the Waukesha Civic Theatre and can currently be seen in the summer musical Oliver! at UW-Waukesha. -Top-
Freddie Kimmel (Houdini/Ensemble- through Oct 16-27) is making his Rep debut with this production. National tours credits include: Billy Elliott and Annie Get Your Gun. Regional Theater credits include: White Christmas, Singing In the Rain, Miss Siagon, Damn Yankees, Les Miserables, Cabaret and South Pacific to name a few. Freddie is a New York City based actor. -Top-
Josh Landay (Tateh) will also be making his Rep debut with this production. Credits include: Lion King (Broadway Company, West End, Las Vegas and Gazelle Tour) and The Whipping Man (Hartford Stage). In addition, he is a Teaching Artist with The New 42nd Street Inc. as well as a Director, Think Different Diplomats/Lecture Agent with Eye to Eye, a mentoring movement for Different Thinkers speaker’s bureau. -Top-
Shina Ann Morris (Sarah u/s/ Ensemble), also making her Rep debut, has just been seen on Broadway as Flo in the Broadway production of Nice Work if You Can Get It. Other Broadway credits include Purity in Anything Goes and Consuela in West Side Story. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. -Top-
Gabriel Mudd (Chorus/Ensemble) is also making his Rep debut with this production. Credits include the national tour of The Wedding Singer – The Musical and A Chorus Line. Other favorite credits include: The Buddy Holly Story, Once on This Island, Smoky Joe’s Café, Aida, Children of Eden and High School Musical. On television he has appeared on Guiding Light. Additional credits include numerous commercials, print, voiceover and recordings. -Top-
Beth Mulkerron (Chorus/Ensemble) is making her Rep debut on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage after having been seen at the Stackner Cabaret in the 2010/11 production of Hula Hoop Sha-Boop. Other credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, Anyone Can Whistle (Windfall Theatre, A Year with Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones and Harry Connick Jrs.’ The Happy Elf (First Stage Children’s Theater); Animal Crackers (Skylight Opera Theatre) and The Sizzlin’ 60s (Fireside Theatre). -Top-
Gerard Neugent (Willie Conklin/Ensemble) was most recently seen at The Rep in Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol and Gutenberg! The Musical! Other recent credits include Othello, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps and Laurel and Hardy. Neugent is a graduate of Marquette University. -Top-
James Patterson (Ford/Ensemble) is making his Rep debut with this production. Broadway credits include: Swiss Family Robinson, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and State Fair. Touring credits include: Beauty and the Beast. Regional credits include: Backwards in High Heels (The Cleveland Play house, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre): Guys and Dolls (The Ogunquit Playhouse); Over the Tavern (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and 42nd Street (Fulton Theatre). -Top-
Georgina Pink (Little Girl/Ensemble) will be returning to The Rep after appearing in the 2011 and 2012 productions of A Christmas Carol. Additional credits include Les Misérables (Skylight Music Theatre) and Peter Pan and Wendy (First Stage Children’s Theater). -Top-
Sam Strasfeld (Houdini/Ensemble- through Oct 13) is making his Rep debut with this production. Broadway credits include: Scandalous (Neil Simon Theatre) and Mary Poppins (New Amsterdam Theatre and National tour). West End credits include: Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre). Other credits include: Jersey Boys (National Tour) and Follies (Kennedy Center Revival). -Top-
Bethany Thomas (Sarah’s Friend) makes her Rep debut with Ragtime. A Chicago actress, Bethany has appeared in productions at American Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, TimeLine Theatre and Writers’ Theatre amongst others. -Top-
Mallorey Wallace (Little Girl/Ensemble) returns to The Rep after having being seen as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird (2011/12 Season). Recent roles include Louise in Sunday in the Park with George at the Skylight Opera Theatre, Annie in Annie and Gretl in The Sound of Music at The Fireside Dinner Theatre and Junie B in Jingle Bells and Batman Smells at First Stage Children’s Theater. -Top-
Steve Watts (Chorus/Ensemble) making his Rep debut, credits include The Sizzlin’ 60s (Fireside Theatre), Rogues to Riches (The York Theatre Company), Hamlet (TITAN Theatre Company) and Hurricane (2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival). -Top-
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Dan Kazemi (Musical Director/Musician), a Rep Associate Artist, is a composer, actor, music director and educator. He returns to The Rep after having been the Musical Director for recent productions of Blues in the Night, Assassins, Always . . . Patsy Cline, Next to Normal and Cabaret. Kazemi recently orchestrated and musically directed the world premiere musical Tulipomania at the Arden Theatre Company. -Top-
Paul Helm (Rehearsal Pianist) returns to the The Rep after having been seen in last season’s delightful comedy Gutenberg! The Musical! Other recent Rep credits include Always . . . Patsy Cline and Laurel and Hardy. Helm will be seen in Forever Plaid later this year. -Top-
Each of our shows offers opportunities for our audience to engage in conversations and discussion with our staff, artists and guest speakers. Please join us!
Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
Get an insider’s look at the production from cast member Gerard Neugent with a discussion that begins 20 minutes prior to every performance.
Barnes & Noble Bayshore Mall BookClub
Thursday, Sept 12 • 6:30pm
Join artistic staff member Brent Hazelton as he discuses the novel Ragtime and The Rep’s production of the musical version.
Thursday, Sept 19 • 6pm | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Lobby
Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring live music from Lil’ Rev and complimentary appetizers and beer from Rock Bottom Brewery. PowerHour is free with your ticket. Sponsored in part by 88 Nine.
Friday, Sept 27 • post-show
Join artistic staff member JC Clementz and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.
Friday, Oct 4 • post-show
Join artistic staff member Michael Kroeker and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.
Wednesday, Oct 9 • 11:30am | at the InterContinental Hotel
Join us for lunch and a discussion with a member of The Rep staff who will discuss all the elements you will see in Ragtime. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, September 30 to Jennifer Bloomer at 414-291-4790 or email@example.com.
Friday, Oct 11 • post-show
Join artistic staff member Michael Kroeker and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.
Friday, Oct 18 • post-show
Join Artistic Director, Mark Clements, and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.
Model T Rally
Saturday, Oct 19 • 1 to 3:30pm | Rep Patio on Wells Street
Join members of the Milwaukee Model T Club as they show off some of their prized Model T Cars in mint condition.
Friday, Oct 25 • post-show
Join artistic staff member Leda Hoffman and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.
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