Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
1902. It's in the talking bit at the very beginning.
E. L. Doctorow. Wonderful book - go get it! He's also the author of "World Fair." His books are a bit... odd though.
Chinese. If you listen closely, you can figure out all the different languages. This song is about all the immigrants coming to Ellis island.
Camille Saviola. Camille Saviola is also well known as the Kai in the first season of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Marin Mazzie. A wonderful actress who was also in 'Passion'.
President and Mrs. Wilson. It's in the talking bit during the song.
Irish. He works at the Emerald Isle Engine Company.
Lynn Ahrens. My friend got to go to a master class with her. She also worked on "Titanic."
Toronto. I saw it there! Many shows won't premiere in New York in order to give them time to work out the bugs. Also, it's cheaper putting on a show in another city - New York is expensive!
He does not shake hands with Henson. Father also utters the line "There were gazeboes and there were no Negroes" This basically sets the tone for the whole show, but you really see how Father feels about black people in the scene with Henson by refusing to shake his hand. Nonetheless, there's a beautiful picture at the end of the show with such a multi-cultural family(Mother, Edgar, Tateh, the Little Girl, and Little Coalhouse).
|In the song/scene "Look What You've Done", what does younger brother protest Coalhouse doing?||Ragtime The Musical
Turning himself in. "You can't change your demands. You are betraying us. You said we would all go free or we would all die!" Coalhouse does end up turning himself in, and getting shot and killed. Younger Brother later joins the revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata, in Mexico.
|On which day of the week did Coalhouse visit Sarah at the house in New Rochelle?||Ragtime The Musical
Sunday. "Each Sunday he'd come driving. Curtains would part, Neighbors would peek." At first, Mother is hesitant to let Coalhouse Walker Jr. into her home, but as weeks pass, she invites him in and he plays the piano for her and her family, and Sarah.
Brian Stokes Mitchell. Apparently you can only play Coalhouse if you have a stage name consisting of three names, or at least an initial!
White is from a Broadway cast, Darrington from the Canadian Tour in 2002 and Rollins is from the cast pre-Broadway.
Harvard. This information is found in the song "What a Game"
'At Harvard, We were gentlemen. Men were gentlemen.' This song is really entertaining and fun, though I'm pretty sure the show would have been just as extraordinary without it. But that's just my opinion.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. In 1994 the two collaborated on an audition tape made up of 4 songs for the would-be musical. Opening night on Broadway was January 18, 1998.
New Rochelle. "In 1902 Father built a house on the crest of the Broadview Avenue hill in New Rochelle, New York. And it seemed for some time thereafter that all the family's days would be warm and fair."
Henry Ford. When the show went on tour, a lot of the really interesting scenery pieces were left out, including the stairs on either side of the stage where various characters, like Henry Ford, appeared.
Buries him in a garden. After she is taken in by the family that finds him she sings "Your Daddy's Son" which explains why she buried the baby.
Evelyn Nesbitt. This musical is not only fantastic, but also a little bit of a history lesson for the early 1900's.
Mother, Edgar, Tateh, Little Girl. One of the most interesting parts of the show was how everyone talked about themselves in the third person. Good way to talk about people after they died!
library. Younger Brother is in the building with him. In the end, Father convinces Coalhouse to leave.
| In the beginning of the show there are three groups circling each other for the opening number. What three are they?||And Everything Was Ragtime
African Americans, Immigrants, rich Caucasian people. The scene starts with the rich people, moves to the African Americans, then the immigrants. In the original previews showing in Toronto, the beginning was completely different. It was changed for the opening.
William D. Brohn. This was the first year that a Tony was given for Orchestrations. Before that, there were just Drama Desk Awards.
Audra MacDonald. Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie were in "Kiss Me, Kate" together, as well.
|Evelyn Nesbit loses one lover to death by the hands of another lover. What are their names, in order of who shot whom?||Ragtime: The Musical
Harry K. Thaw shot Stanford White. The entire trial of Harry K. Thaw is the focus of the song "Crime of the Century." Harry K. Thaw is acquitted for the murder of Stanford White because Evelyn Nesbit is able to convince the jury that Thaw went insane.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Harry Houdini mentions that he (Harry) was hanging over Times Square when he heard the news that the Archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo. He suddenly remembers the words of Edgar ("Warn the Duke!"), who actually is based on the psychic Edgar Cayce, and realizes that those words were the only mystical experience he ever had.
brown. An entire song is dedicated to Sarah, called "Sarah Brown Eyes." Kinda obvious, isn't it?
|Mother, just before the song "Goodbye, My Love," asks Father not to bring back too much of what?||Ragtime: The Musical
Polar bear skins. Father is going to the North Pole with Admiral Peary and his first mate Matthew Henson. He comes back to say that he never actually reached the North Pole and that only Henson and Peary made it, but that he got quite close, which is pretty incredible for an amateur explorer.
|In the Prologue, Emma Goldman mentions a date that specifies during what time period the play takes place. What is this date?||Ragtime: The Musical
1906. This is the line: "And although the newspapers called the shooting the 'Crime of the Century', Goldman knew it was only 1906..." The next line has the chorus sing "And there were 94 years to go!"
|Who is mentioned in the song "His Name was Coalhouse Walker" as Coalhouse's inspiration to play ragtime?||Ragtime: The Musical
Scott Joplin. "His name was Coalhouse Walker./Was a native of St. Louis some years before./When he heard the music of Scott Joplin..." Scott Joplin was a famous ragtime composer, creating, most famously, "The Entertainer."
|Tateh, the Jewish immigrant, changes his name during the play. What is his name changed to?||Ragtime: The Musical
Baron Ashkenazy. He actually spells the name out during the song "Buffalo Nickel Photoplay Inc." Here is the quote: "And if by chance you see/a movie that was made by/remember when the name goes by/that's ASH-K-E-N-A-Z-Y/the baron, now American,/who happened once to think..."