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West End and Broadway stars Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe are heading the cast of Thom Southerland’s new actor-musician production of the multi-award winning Ragtime.
Carpenter, whose theatre credits include playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on Broadway, joins Combe (Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre) in the show which has begun an eight-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre. Official opening night is Monday 17 October.
The second show in Southerland’s inaugural season at the London venue, Ragtime follows on from the critically acclaimed Titanic and is once again be directed by Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
The full cast are: Simon Anthony, Bernadette Bangura, Anthony Cable, Earl Carpenter, Anita Louise Combe, Valerie Cutko, Christopher Dickins, Nolan Frederick, Tom Giles, Joanna Hickman, Lemuel Knights, Martin Ludenbach, James Mack, Ako Mitchell, Sufia Manya, Seyi Omooba, Jess Ryan, Kate Robson-Stuart, Jennifer Saayeng, Jonathan Stewart and Gary Tushaw, with child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn and Riya Vyas.
The creative team includes orchestrator and musical supervisor Mark Aspinall, choreographer Ewan Jones, set designers Tom Rogers and Toots Butcher, lighting designer Howard Hudson, sound designer Andrew Johnson, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, musical director Jordan Li-Smith and casting director Danielle Tarento.
Based on the 1975 novel Ragtime by E L Doctorow, the show which features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally, will play the Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday 8 October until Saturday 10 December.
Ragtime premiered in Toronto in 1997 before opening on Broadway the following year. The production ran for 834 performances, winning the Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Audra McDonald).
A limited West End run followed in 2003 featuring an Olivier Award-winning performance for Maria Friedman. A re-imagined version was staged at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2012.
Tickets for Ragtime are available HERE.