Daddycatcher’s MUSICAL MONDAY: RAGTIME
Daddycatcher was on a trip to visit extended family in California when he purchased the cast recording of his third favorite musical of all time – Ragtime.
Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle, NY; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant. Historical figures such as Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, and Emma Goldman also appear.
Daddycatcher had already seen the opening number on the Tony Awards and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” But the number was heavily edited for those performances. In the backseat of the parental unit’s car, Daddycatcher sat with his Discman enraptured by the spell-binding opening number, “Ragtime,” the tenderness of “Goodbye, My Love,” and the soaring “Journey On.” So enthralled, Daddycatcher stopped the disc and replayed those first three tracks again!
The show didn’t last incredibly long on Broadway but made stars out of Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, and Marin Mazzie. The recent revival didn’t last very long either, but received raves especially for Bobby Steggert‘s portrayal of Younger Brother.
The show has its detractors but has an ardent fan base who love its sweeping score and epic storytelling. Daddycatcher has been moved to tears each time he has seen a production.
Original Broadway Production at the Tony Awards:
2009 Broadway Revival: