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December 12, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ragtime," the much-anticipated musical that premiered in Toronto to critical acclaim this week, will open at the Shubert Theatre in Century City in June. Los Angeles will see the second production of the show, opening here before the Toronto show moves to Broadway in December 1997. Producer Garth Drabinsky said the Los Angeles "Ragtime" will cost $9.5 million to $10 million, as much as the first version. Based on E.L.
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September 12, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long before he landed the pivotal role in "Ragtime: the Musical," Lawrence Hamilton learned to play ragtime, the music. He absorbed it from a teacher who had heard it from the original source. Long before Leola Hatten gave him lessons in a schoolroom in Foreman, Ark., Hamilton said, she had been a friend of Scott Joplin, who emerged 100 years ago as ragtime's signature composer and piano player.
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June 12, 1997 | BARBARA ISENBERG
When actor John Rubinstein realized that much of the new musical "Ragtime" is set in 1906, his role as an immigrant father took on added resonance--it was in 1906 that his own father, legendary Polish-born pianist Arthur Rubinstein, first visited America. "Ragtime," which has its U.S. premiere Sunday at the Shubert Theatre, is based on E.L. Doctorow's classic novel about America at the turn of the century.
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November 9, 1997 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg, the author of "Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical," is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Lynn Ahrens first saw Disney's "The Little Mermaid" in 1990, the lyricist immediately decided that she and her songwriting partner, composer Stephen Flaherty, should be writing scores for animated films, not just stage musicals. She headed straight home, packed up one of their tapes and sent if off with a letter to Disney chief Michael Eisner. "I've never done anything like that in my life," Ahrens says today, "but I was taken by the [animated] movie musical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long before he landed the pivotal role in "Ragtime: the Musical," Lawrence Hamilton learned to play ragtime, the music. He absorbed it from a teacher who had heard it from the original source. Long before Leola Hatten gave him lessons in a schoolroom in Foreman, Ark., Hamilton said, she had been a friend of Scott Joplin, who emerged 100 years ago as ragtime's signature composer and piano player.
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November 9, 1997 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg, the author of "Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical," is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Lynn Ahrens first saw Disney's "The Little Mermaid" in 1990, the lyricist immediately decided that she and her songwriting partner, composer Stephen Flaherty, should be writing scores for animated films, not just stage musicals. She headed straight home, packed up one of their tapes and sent if off with a letter to Disney chief Michael Eisner. "I've never done anything like that in my life," Ahrens says today, "but I was taken by the [animated] movie musical.
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December 10, 1993 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Michael Szymanski is a frequent contributor to The Times
Richard Halpern, 30, is making them sob at Cafe Giuseppe's in Northridge as he walks through the audience in a trench coat and cap belting out "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" Rosy McHargue, 91, has whole families clapping in time as he blows the saxophone to a toe-tapping tune at Red Vest Pizza in Sylmar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 | Raul Gallegos, (714) 520-2512
The Human Services Department will organize a trip to see "Ragtime," the musical epic about three families at the dawn of the 20th century. Buses will take people to the performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event and transportation are $47 per person. Information: (714) 993-8184.
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September 14, 2000
Costa Mesa 8pm Theater "Ragtime: The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the sprawling E.L. Doctorow novel about the currents that shaped 20th century America. Harry Houdini, anarchist Emma Goldman, Booker T. Washington and other famous figures from the century's early years turn up onstage along with characters from three fictional families--one black, one Jewish and one upper-class WASP.
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September 21, 2000
* Museums. More than 170 ancient gold and silver artworks and artifacts, right, from a once-feared warrior culture will be featured in "Gold of the Nomads: Scythian Treasures From Ancient Ukraine," closing Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. noon-8 p.m.; Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $7; $5 students and seniors; $1 ages 6-17. (323) 857-6000. * Theater.
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June 12, 1997 | BARBARA ISENBERG
When actor John Rubinstein realized that much of the new musical "Ragtime" is set in 1906, his role as an immigrant father took on added resonance--it was in 1906 that his own father, legendary Polish-born pianist Arthur Rubinstein, first visited America. "Ragtime," which has its U.S. premiere Sunday at the Shubert Theatre, is based on E.L. Doctorow's classic novel about America at the turn of the century.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ragtime," the much-anticipated musical that premiered in Toronto to critical acclaim this week, will open at the Shubert Theatre in Century City in June. Los Angeles will see the second production of the show, opening here before the Toronto show moves to Broadway in December 1997. Producer Garth Drabinsky said the Los Angeles "Ragtime" will cost $9.5 million to $10 million, as much as the first version. Based on E.L.
NEWS
December 10, 1993 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Michael Szymanski is a frequent contributor to The Times
Richard Halpern, 30, is making them sob at Cafe Giuseppe's in Northridge as he walks through the audience in a trench coat and cap belting out "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" Rosy McHargue, 91, has whole families clapping in time as he blows the saxophone to a toe-tapping tune at Red Vest Pizza in Sylmar.
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July 1, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
Summer theater continues in July with something for everyone: revivals, premieres, musicals, dramas, comedies, classics, moderns, children's plays, outdoor plays and free plays. The openings include: * Today: "Silly Soup," Carol Korty's children's playlets, begin performances at the Waterfront Stage on the Santa Monica Pier. * Thursday: John Fraser Cullen's "Jack of All Trades," a pop-rock-jazz-blues-ragtime musical set in Las Vegas, opens at the Shepard Theatre Complex in Hollywood.
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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.
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