Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Final weekend of 'Ragtime' at Axelrod PAC

Deal Park, N.J. -- Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ, in cooperation with Salgado Productions, announces final performances of its hit production “Ragtime: The Musical,” directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado.

Performance Schedule:

Friday, March 23 at 8pm
Saturday, March 24 at 8pm
Sunday, March 25 at 3pm

Tickets: $42 - $35, and may be purchased online at; by phone (732) 531-9106, or in person at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center ticket office at 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park.

This musical, by the team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, with a book by Terrence McNally, has been widely regarded as one of the best new musicals of the past quarter century, having won the Tony Awards for Best Score and Book. The thought-provoking musical is based on a best-selling novel and has been described by critics as both “dazzling” and brimming with “theatrical eloquence.”

Twenty years have passed since “Ragtime” originally created a stir on Broadway, but APAC Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco believes that the show, co-produced with Salgado Productions, is both “timeless and timely” as reinvented by Salgado and his team.

The musical, like the novel, intertwines historical and fictional characters into a theatrical diorama and shows the conflict of the upper white classes with the black underclass and the straining flow of immigrants.

Given today’s political environment and the ongoing debate about Dreamers, the border wall and the flood of refugees coming from all corners of the globe, this musical is a great reminder that America’s cultural diversity is an ongoing journey.

Cast in this new production are: Alex Gibbs as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.; Molly Samson as Mother; Jacob Louchheim as Tateh; Jonmichael Tarleton as Father; Julie Galorenzo as Emma Goldman; Marion Grey as Sarah; Noel Haule-von Behren as Younger Brother, and Ashley Edler as Evelyn Nesbit, along with a company of twenty actors. Conducting the live onstage orchestra is musical director David Maglione.

Here’s what some of the critics are saying:

“RAGTIME exudes a HAMILTON-like energy … [Salgado’s] brilliant mix of dance, drama, and visual composition is apparent in every scene…”

“Powerful and emotional themes aside, this current and creator-blessed production… is breathtaking in all the ways that theater aspires to be: fluid in its storytelling, heartbreaking and comedic in equal proportions, awe-inspiring in the professionalism of the cast's acting, vocal, and dance talents, and visually dazzling…”

Musically, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's sprawling score has rarely sounded better.”

“You will be blown away by the incredible voices of the cast of ‘Ragtime’ at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Alex Gibbs as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Marion Grey as Sarah deliver a soaring “Wheels of a Dream” that alone is worth the price of admission. Luis Salgado’s direction and choreography are masterful and creative and with a cast of nearly 30…The nine-member musical ensemble is superb and fills the Axelrod Performing Arts Center to the brim with Stephen Flaherty’s syncopated music…Only thing wrong with ‘Ragtime’ is the songs and voices are still stuck in my head. Oh, wait, that’s not a problem…”
Gretchen Van Benthuysen, Two River Times, Theater Critic

“This first production of 2018 for the newly 'upgraded' to regional status Axelrod …has set the bar exceedingly and excitingly high...not only for this nationally emerging shore-side facility, but for Monmouth County arts in general.”

About the Axelrod Performing Arts Center

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center fosters artistic excellence by showcasing varied and distinct cultural programs that enrich the imaginative, intellectual, and creative soul, while cultivating an appreciation of diverse communities through the pursuit of the arts. For more information, please visit

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