Book by: Terrence McNally
Music by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens


At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair… and what it means to live in America.

Recommended for: Ages 13+ due to moderate, infrequent adult language, adult topics and violence. (Why did it get this rating?)

Dates: March 15-23, 2019.
Location: Berkmar High School Auditorium

Tickets go on sale: February 3, 2019 (want tickets early? Become a member today!)


Audition Information

Show Auditions:

January 3, 2019   7-9pm
January 5, 2019   12-4pm
January 10, 2019  8-10pm

Please prepare: A one minute dramatic monologue and 32 bars of a song appropriate to the style of the show. Be prepared to dance if called back.

Pay: There are 4 paid teaching artist roles in this show. They are Mother, Tateh, Coalhouse, and Sarah. Adults cast in these roles will be paid a stipend. All other roles are unpaid.

This show will be double cast. Adults will play title roles weekend 1, and ensemble weekend 2. Students will play title roles weekend 2, and ensemble weekend 1.

Booker T. Washington: (Male 45-55, African American) Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.  D3:Eb4
Coalhouse Walker Jr.: (Male, 25-35, African American) A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American. G2:A4
Emma Goldman: (Female, 35-45, Russian American) Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American. B3:D5
Evelyn Nesbit: (Female 18-21, Caucasian) Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage. B3:D5
Father: (Male, 30-45, Caucasian) Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner. A2:F4
Grandfather: (Male, 60-70, Caucasian) Mother’s very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Harry Houdini: (Male, 25-35, Hungarian-American. ) The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.’  E3:G4
Little Boy: (Male, 8-12, Caucasian) Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others. E4:D5
Little Girl: (Female 8-12, Latvian-American) Tateh’s daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American. C4:Bb4
Mother: (Female, 30-40, Caucasian): The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others. G3:F#5
Sarah: (Female, 20-25, African American) Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American. G#3:F#5
Tateh: (Male, 35-45, Latvian-American) The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Bb2:F#4
Younger Brother: (Male, 20-25, Caucasian) Mother’s younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings. (B2:F#4)
Ensemble: Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers

 Creative Team

Bookwriter: Terrence McNally
Composer: Stephen Flaherty
Lyricist: Lynn Ahrens
Producer: Ed Thompson & Chitra Sampath
Director: Michael Parker & Simone Forbes
Music Director: Changa Miller
Choreographer: D Norris* & Amanda Dotson
Assistant Director:
Dance Captain:
Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Set Design: Becca Parker*
Costume Design: Andrea Hermitt
Lighting Design:
Sound Design:
Program/Publicity: Meredith Jones
House Manager:
Box Office Manager: Becca Parker*









The Orchestra


*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member.
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program
^LAT debut