Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 3/30/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 3/30/2014 RAGTIME
Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and bythe International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimedmusical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and wonboth the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and BestScore. RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life inturn-of-the-century America,but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricistteam of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musicalintertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confronthistory'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 by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen
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Thigpen Main Stage:book: Adam Mathias; lyrics: Adam Mathias; music: Brad Alexander; dir: Dewey Scott-Wiley.
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South Carolina Children's Theatre

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Now Playing Onstage in South Carolina - Week of 3/30/2014 THE RAINMAKER
Abbeville Opera House
THE RAINMAKER by N. Richard Nash will bring the 105th Winter Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera house to close. At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat. When suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He claims to be a rainmaker. And he promises to bring rain, for $100. It's a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and ingratiating that the family finally consent. They begin banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky; while the rainmaker turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. This award winning story was made into a hit film in 1956 starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn. Don't miss it!
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Centre Stage- South Carolina
Centre Stage SC:book: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; lyrics: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; music: Mel Brooks; dir: Glenda ManWaring.
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Charleston Stage Company
Julian Wiles; book: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin; lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin; dir: Marybeth Clark.
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PURE Theatre
Jon Robin Baitz; dir: Erin Wilson.
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