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June 30, 1997
Bravo to Anthony Scully for his discerning analysis of the racial bias of the musical "Ragtime" ("Anti-Irish Bias Taints 'Ragtime,' " Counterpunch, June 23). Amid the excitement generated by an extravaganza like "Ragtime," it is easy to accept the racial stereotypes the musical presents as "typical" of the ethnicity under consideration. Such acceptance damages our efforts toward racial harmony, for it tends to weaken our vigilance to perceive each person as an individual, assessing both attributes and faults apart from heritage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2010 | By Charlotte Stoudt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Tony call comes early on the West Coast. Marcia Milgrom Dodge was trying to get some sleep; the director-choreographer had only five days to stage the new Reprise Theatre Company production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." But at 5:45 am Pacific time, Dodge's husband called to tell her she'd received a nomination for best direction of a musical for "Ragtime." She was astonished. "I'm floating," Dodge says. "It's a dream come true." J. Pierrepont Finch, the wily young hero of "Succeed," rises to the top of the Worldwide Widget Co. in mere days.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1987 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
Vague memories of the honky-tonk music that wafted through the San Francisco amusement parks of his 1950s childhood; the visits of a favorite baby sitter who would occasionally knock out a few rags on the family piano--these are Frank French's earliest recollections of ragtime. These days, French can be counted on to come out swinging in support of the music that has become his passion.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2010 | By Peter Marks
Before the Dec. 28 evening performance of "Ragtime," the show's producers asked the cast to assemble on the stage of the Neil Simon Theatre for the dreaded announcement that always turns Broadway dreams to cinders: The lovingly crafted musical would have to shut its doors for good Jan. 10. The producers offered affectionate valedictories, and some of the lead actors, like Christiane Noll and Quentin Earl Darrington, spoke rousingly too. "I told...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2010 | By Peter Marks
Before the Dec. 28 evening performance of "Ragtime," the show's producers asked the cast to assemble on the stage of the Neil Simon Theatre for the dreaded announcement that always turns Broadway dreams to cinders: The lovingly crafted musical would have to shut its doors for good Jan. 10. The producers offered affectionate valedictories, and some of the lead actors, like Christiane Noll and Quentin Earl Darrington, spoke rousingly too. "I told...
SPORTS
February 11, 1986 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Five Class A yachts in the San Diego-to-Manzanillo race were locked in a battle for the lead Monday after 43 hours of sailing in the 1,100-mile downwind slide. Still leading the 28-boat fleet was Pat Farah's 62-foot sloop Ragtime, out of Long Beach Yacht Club, but Doug Baker's 68-foot Saga was only a mile astern. At the 8 a.m. roll call Monday, Ragtime was 693 miles from the finish, indicating that she had logged 407 miles since the start last Saturday at 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1987 | Al Martinez
I have avoided for some time now writing about Ragtime, a dog-sized horse whose existence in a suburban neighborhood has been big news from Altoona to Altadena for about the past six months. National magazines and network television have fallen all over themselves to carry the story of Patty Fairchild and her fight with the City of Thousand Oaks to keep Ragtime in her backyard. Until recently, she thought it was a fight she had finally won.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1997
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Warren compared the violent actions of "Ragtime's" Coalhouse Walker Jr. to Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City (Letters, July 6). This comparison is grossly inaccurate. McVeigh is a disaffected white man who, no matter what his life circumstances, is a member of the dominant race that has historically enslaved, brutalized and maligned Coalhouse Walker's race. Coalhouse's violent act in "Ragtime" is the tragic undoing of a proud, hopeful man who has been denigrated by one more vicious act of racism (and Coalhouse never receives a fair trial for the bombing)
SPORTS
July 13, 1985 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Four Class A yachts Friday showed signs of staging a photo finish in the 2,225-mile Los Angeles-to-Honolulu race. As brisk northeast winds pushed the Transpacific leaders into the final 800 miles, only 14 miles separated the top four contenders, making it anybody's race for line (first-to-finish) honors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1987 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Thousand Oaks officials, having failed in a criminal prosecution, filed a civil lawsuit against the owner of a 28-inch-high miniature horse Tuesday, seeking its removal from a suburban tract home. The lawsuit, filed in Ventura County Superior Court, asks for a court order to have Ragtime, a 1-year-old American miniature horse, removed from the home of owner Patty Fairchild, Thousand Oaks Deputy City Atty. Shawn Mason said.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2009 | Associated Press
Two founders of a Broadway theater company that produced hit shows such as "Ragtime" and "Show Boat" were convicted Wednesday of accounting fraud for overstating their business' finances by millions of dollars for years. Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb, co-founders of Livent Inc., were convicted of two counts of fraud and one count of forgery. They each face a maximum of 14 years in prison.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
The mere thought of producing "Ragtime" in a sub-99-seat theater boggles the imagination. After all, the epic musical, based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel, is typically a big-budget enterprise with a cast of dozens and the kind of razzle-dazzle technical effects that made many early critics dismiss it as sheer flummery.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
MUSIC video ace Bryan Barber admits that in retrospect, he might have bitten off more than he could chew, mounting "Idlewild" (which hits theaters Aug. 25 from Universal Pictures) as his first feature-length writing-directing effort. "I had to fight constant battles every day," he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Although he stood only 29 inches tall, Ragtime the miniature horse cut a super-sized swath. When neighbors and city officials complained nearly two decades ago about Ragtime living in a Thousand Oaks home, the 175-pound pinto took on City Hall and won, achieving worldwide acclaim as his owners fought to change zoning laws and have him considered a household pet.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2005 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
Already a certified classic, the 1997 musical "Ragtime" is an encyclopedia of small, exhilarating, just-right details as much as it is a sweeping panorama of American promise and heartbreak. Its central production values aren't in its design or its "concept," but in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' almost nonstop score and Terrence McNally's deftly woven libretto, as happy a marriage of form and function as Broadway has produced.
NEWS
February 17, 2005
It's double exposure for musical collaborators Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. International City Theatre is launching its 20th anniversary season with "Once on This Island," the pair's Caribbean retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" as a star-crossed love affair between a peasant girl and a rich family's son. Musical Theatre West's offering, with a cast of 50, is Ahrens and Flaherty's epic "Ragtime," based on novelist E.L.
SPORTS
April 29, 1985 | ALMON LOCKABEY
Fred Preiss' 84-foot custom-sloop Christine out of Pacific Mariners Yacht Club finished at 8:26:47 a.m. Sunday to claim elapsed-time honors in the 38th Newport-to-Ensenada yacht race. Christine finished five seconds behind the 62-foot sloop Ragtime but was awarded first to finish honors because she started in another class 10 minutes behind Ragtime, skippered by Dick Deaver of Los Angeles Yacht Club. The finish between the two yachts was one of the closest in the history of the race.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1998
I've been vindicated by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle's lack of nominations for "Rent" ("Drama Critics Applaud 'Ragtime,' SCR's 'Rain,' " by Don Shirley, Feb. 4). The show had no story and only one decent song. The reason it has done so well is the sympathy factor of Jonathan Larson's death and the fact that it is politically incorrect to criticize anything with gay or AIDS themes. As soon as the curtain went down I wished I had spent my theater-going dollars on "Ragtime," and judging from the number of people around me yawning, I wasn't the only one. D.E. KOZLOWSKI Simi Valley
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2003 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Palpable electricity ignites "Ragtime," opening Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' 12th season in Redondo Beach with regal assurance. Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' 1998 distillation of E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel receives an exceptional revival, easily the company's best production to date. A local smash in its 1997 U.S. premiere at the Shubert Theatre, "Ragtime" fared less conclusively on Broadway, closing after 861 performances, followed by a pared-down tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2002 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Where so many musical revues focus on retrospectives of particular composers or genres, "Tintypes" tackles a more expansive theme: the birth of the modern American spirit, as reflected in popular songs from the turn of the 20th century. Exploring that pivotal era through music was a shrewd choice on the part of Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle, who created "Tintypes" in 1980.
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