Thursday, March 17, 2011

#149: Ragtime at the South Bend Civic

Happy St. Patrick's Day South Bend! Hopefully you've already gotten your corned beef and cabbage, but if you're still looking for something to do, head over to Fiddler's for live Irish music and dancing until 1:00am!

Amidst all of the St. Paddy's Day-themed events of the past several weeks, the South Bend Civic Theater has staged a musical identified in the New York Times as a "spectacular feast for the eyes." This musical, Ragtime, captures the lives of three separate families at the turn-of-the-century and uses the music of the changing era (and its title) to bring them all together. If you're not sure what ragtime sounds like, click over here for a listen.

The musical is known in theater circles as a large-scale and daunting production with many moving pieces, characters, and sets. It premiered on Broadway on 1998 and won several Tony Awards that year as well.  I'm excited to see what the South Bend Civic and a cast of local performers can do with such a acclaimed piece of musical theater. If you're curious as well, the show runs through the 27th of this month.

For more information and to order tickets, go the the South Bend Civic's website.

If you'd like a preview of the show, check out this video from the original Broadway production.

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