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Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.

Union Street in Pittsfield MA had all the excitement of a Broadway Opening as the Tony Award Winning Ragtime opened on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage of Barrington Stage Co. and Broadway and lyricist Lynn Ahrens were there.

Directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco (BSC's Kiss Me, Kate, Breaking the Code, The Burnt Part Boys), with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Ragtime features choreography by Shea Sullivan, and musical direction by Darren R. Cohen.

At the dawn of the 20th century when everything is changing...and anything is possible, Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales - a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician - united by their courage, compassion and their belief in obtaining the American Dream. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this exhilarating, dazzling musical is a timeless celebration of the American Spirit.

Starring in the new production of Ragtime is Elizabeth Stanley (Broadway and BSC's On the Town) as "Mother," David Harris (Next to Normal at TheaterWorks) as "Father," Darnell Abraham (Side Show, The Media Theatre) as "Coalhouse," Zurin Villanueva (Broadway's Shuffle Along) as "Sarah," J. Anthony Crane (Broadway's The Country House) as "Tateh," Frances Evans as "Little Girl," Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Broadway's A Little Night Music) as "Younger Brother," Elliot Trainor as "Little Boy," Anne L. Nathan (Broadway's It Shoulda Been You) as "Emma Goldman," Lawrence E. Street (Broadway's Urinetown) as "Booker T. Washington," Matt Gibson (Broadway's Gypsy) as "Willie Conklin," Allen Kendall (Broadway's Amazing Grace) as "JP Morgan," Joe Ventricelli (Sleep No More) as "Houdini," Eric Jon Mahlum (Broadway's Wicked) as "Henry Ford," Leanne A. Smith (Rock of Ages, Norwegian Cruises) as "Evelyn Nesbit," John Little (Cabaret National Tour) as "Grandfather," and Spencer Mathias Reed as "Coalhouse Walker, Jr."

Rounding out the ensemble were Robb Sherman ("Younger"), Allison Blackwell (Broadway's A Night with Janis Joplin), Christin Avante' Byrdsong (Figaro! 90210 at The Duke on 42nd Street), Alex Nicholson (Twelfth Night, The Theatre Project), Marie Putko (Figaro! 90210 at The Duke on 42nd Street), and Danielle Lee Jam

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director JuliAnne Boyd, will present the Tony-winning musical Ragtime from June 21 through July 15 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Opening night is Saturday, June 24 at 8:00pm.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Anthony Crane, David Harris, Frances Evans, Zurin Villanueva, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Elizabeth Stanley, Anne L. Nathan, Allison Blackwell, Darnell Abraham

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
JuliAnne Boyd, Lynn Ahrens & Cast of Ragtime

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
JuliAnne Boyd, artistic director/founder BSC, Lynn Ahrens, Joe Calarco, director

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Lynn Ahrens

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Elizabeth Stanley

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Lynn Ahrens & Ragtime Cast

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
JuliAnne Boyd

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Lynn Ahrens

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Elizabeth Stanley, curtain call

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Darnell Abraham, curtain call

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Curtain Call, Ragtime

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Darren R. Cohen, music director

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
J. Anthony Crane, curtain call

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Zurin Villanueva

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
David Harris

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Anna L. Nathan

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Joe Ventricelli & LeAnne Smith

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Curtain Call

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Francis Evans, Spence-Mathias Reed, Eliot Trainor

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Barrington Stage Co. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
Mark Sendroff, Chuck Steffan, Rebecca Weiss, Stephen Sorokoff, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Ron Abel, Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Lynn Ahrens Attends RAGTIME Opening Night at Barrington Stage Co.
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