Actors’ Playhouse takes on at least one monster-sized musical each season, and for 2014-15, that production is the Tony Award-winning Ragtime. Running Jan. 28-Feb. 22, the show by composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens and book writer Terrence McNally — based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow — intertwines the stories of an upper class white family, a black couple and a Jewish immigrant in early 20th century New York.
Director David Arisco has just finalized the large cast for the musical, which mixes invented and historical characters. Starring as the suburban couple are Melissa Minyard as Mother and Mark Sanders as Father. Two-time Carbonell Award winner Tally Sessions returns to Actors’ Playhouse to play the immigrant Tateh. Don Seward will portray Harlem musician Coalhouse Walker Jr., with Sarah Nicole Batts as his beloved Sarah; Nick Duckart plays Walker’s nemesis, Willie Conklin. Irene Adjan will play Emma Goldman, with Ken Clement as J.P. Morgan, Joshua Dobarganes as Harry Houdini, Stephanie White as Evelyn Nesbit, Reggie Whitehead as Booker T. Washington and Gabriel Zenone as Henry Ford.
Ragtime will preview at 8 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and open Jan. 30. Regular performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (additional matinee 2 p.m. Feb. 4). Tickets cost $37 for previews, $59 Friday-Saturday, $52 other performances (10 percent discount for seniors, $15 student rush tickets excluding Saturday-Sunday). Actors’ Playhouse performs at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. For information, call 305-444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org.
SHEN YUN BACK
The classical Chinese dance and music company Shen Yun returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday for three days of performances that blend history and modernity. Against lavish animated backgrounds, the performers explore the search for the meaning of life, good and evil, spiritual devotion and more through song and dance, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $65 to $205. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.browardcenter.org.
For grownups who enjoy a good scare, Fort Lauderdale’s Infinite Abyss is back in business at its new theater in Wilton Manors with The Krampus. The immersive production focuses on the scary Santa sidekick who knows whether kids have been naughty or nice (then punishes them accordingly). Various other disturbing characters from German folklore will also be on hand for some imaginative interactive torment. Dominick Daniel, Rosalie Grant, Sabrina Lynn Gore, Willy Le Sante, Lindsey Johr and Will Brolle will do the scaring.
Performances are at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the company’s home base, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-326-7767 or visit www.infinite-abyss.org.
▪ Tickets are on sale for the National YoungArts Foundation’s YoungArts Week in Miami, running Jan. 4-11. More than 170 YoungArts finalists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts converge with master teachers and mentors at various locations for special performances and an exhibition. Tickets are limited. To see a full schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit www.youngarts.org/yaw2015.
▪ NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale announces a monthly Tea and Art History series launching in January. Participants will enjoy traditional afternoon tea while exploring masterpieces by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Adams, Stieglitz and Liebovitz with the museum’s senior curator Barbara Buhler Lynes. The sessions will take place at the museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4. Admission is $32, $25 for museum members at the Couples/Family level and above. RSVP is required. Call 954-262-0204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.moafl.org for more information.
▪ Artist Eileen Powell’s solo exhibition Everglades Impressions is on display at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery at Everglades National Park through the end of December. The center is located at 40001 State Road 9336, approximately 10 miles southwest of Homestead, and hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call 305-242-7700 or visit www.nps.gov/ever.
Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).