Earl Carpenter to Star in New London Production of Ragtime

News   Earl Carpenter to Star in New London Production of Ragtime
Thom Southerland's production will also feature Anita Louise Combe.
Earl Carpenter
Earl Carpenter

Earl Carpenter, currently starring as Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway, is to return to the London stage after that show ends its run September 4 to lead the cast of a new London production of Ragtime.

The production, which begins performances October 8 prior to an official opening October 17 for a run through December 10, will be directed by Thom Southerland and also feature Anita Louise Combe, recently seen in the West End as Tessie Tura in Gypsy, and Cavin Cornwall* (currently in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park).

Ragtime, which premiered on Broadway in 1998, has previously been seen in the West End in a different production at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2003. It has also been revived on Broadway in 2009 and seen in a separate production at London's Open Air Theatre in 2012. Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, it has a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.

The company of actor-musicians of the new production will also include Simon Anthony, Bernadette Bangura, Anthony Cable, Valerie Cutko, Matt Devereaux, Christopher Dickins, Tom Giles, Joanna Hickman, Lemuel Knights, Rachel Knowles, Ako Mitchell, Seyi Omooba, Kate Robson-Stuart, Jennifer Saayeng, Jonathan Stewart, Gary Tushaw and child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn and Riya Vyas.

Produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams, the show has choreography by Ewan Jones and is designed by Tom Rogers and Toots Butcher, with costumes by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Andrew Johnson. The orchestrator and musical supervisor is Mark Aspinall, and the musical director is Jordan Li-Smith.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 930 650 or visit charingcrosstheatre.co.uk.

*Update: Cornwall pulled out of the production prior to rehearsals and was replaced by Nolan Frederick (Showboat, Cats, Miss Saigon, and Starlight Express.

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