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posted Mar 19, 2012, 3:04 PM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 4:06 PM ]
        After opening and closing A Night With Rodgers and Hammerstein to large crowds and positive reaction, Eric has begun rehearsals for his next project, Ragtime at Near West TheatreRagtime is a musical from the late 1990s, with a book by Terrence McNally and with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Aherns.  Based on the celebrated 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 white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant.  In this show, Eric portrays Mother's Younger Brother, who is a young man in search of something to believe in, a cause.  The intensely difficult score will once again be tackled by Jordan Cooper, and the show's concept will take on a Vaudevillian style, quite different from it's original presentation on Broadway both in 1998 and in 2009.  The show will run from May 4th through May 20th.  Tickets are a mere 8 dollars for adults, but should be ordered in advance.  You can purchase tickets online HERE, or you can make a reservation with your credit card by calling 216-961-6391.

Following his turn in Ragtime, Eric will once again return to Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory to be the Co-Director for Little Women: The Musical.  He will once again be working with his girlfriend and creative partner Sarah Clare to create a show using a youthful cast, but worthy of adult tastes and audiences.  The show follows the story of the classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott.  It focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.  Youssef Hamid will musical direct.  Auditions will occur at the end of April, and the show will run Thursday through Sunday, July 6th through July 15th.

More information on showtimes and ticket information for both shows can be found on the Calendar page.