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  • Anonymous
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      With recent box office successes like Into the Woods and Les Miz, I do believe musicals have once again become appealing to the American people. However, the American people have not yet been treated to probably the greatest and most underrated musical of our time. Ragtime is not just any musical, but it is the All-American Musical! It is the perfect musical for America and it is the perfect musical for this time in our country.  There is so much passion in every song and there is so many great roles and characters. Every single character is perfectly written with a purpose. This will not only be a huge success financially, but the awards shows will tear this up!  There are so many award nomination/winning roles. Mother, Tateh, Coahlouse, Mother’s Younger Brother, Evelyn Nesbitt, Sarah, and even more. There is no reason for this to not be a success.
    What do you think of a Ragtime Musical Movie? What actors would fit what roles? Who should direct?

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    Joe Burns
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    Mother: Kelli O’Hara.  
    Coalhouse:  Norm Lewis 
    Tateh:  Danny Burstein
    Father:  Victor Garber 
    Mother’s Younger Brother:  Aaron Taveit
    Sarah: Nikki M James  

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    KubrickFan98
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    Mother: Mary Steenburgen

    Coalhouse: Howard E. Rollins Jr.

    Tateh: Mandy Patinkin

    Father: James Olson

    Mother’s Younger Brother: Brad Dourif

    Sarah: Debbie Allen

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    I would love a movie version because the musical is incredible. The 80’s non musical Ragtime movie is good but I agree with you the current economic climate would really help to make the movie more popular if they ever decided to adapt it.

    As for casting I could never be sure because I fear the worst that they will go with names over actually talented performers from the stage. 

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    KubrickFan98
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    As for casting I could never be sure because I fear the worst that they will go with names over actually talented performers from the stage. 

    Starring Eddie Redmayne as Tateh

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    tennisfreak
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    Mother: Mary Steenburgen

    Coalhouse: Howard E. Rollins Jr.

    Tateh: Mandy Patinkin

    Father: James Olson

    Mother’s Younger Brother: Brad Dourif

    Sarah: Debbie Allen

    Uhhh Howard Rollins is dead. Long dead. If this ever happened can we agree that the last person to direct is Rob Marshall?

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    Fishbiscuit
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    no, please no!!!!!

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    BamaEd
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    [quote=”ferrisgump”]

    Mother: Mary Steenburgen

    Coalhouse: Howard E. Rollins Jr.

    Tateh: Mandy Patinkin

    Father: James Olson

    Mother’s Younger Brother: Brad Dourif

    Sarah: Debbie Allen

    Uhhh Howard Rollins is dead. Long dead. If this ever happened can we agree that the last person to direct is Rob Marshall?
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    But if Rollins could pull it off that would be one hell of a comeback. Literally from the dead! 

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    KubrickFan98
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    [quote=”tennisfreak”]

    [quote=”ferrisgump”]

    Mother: Mary Steenburgen

    Coalhouse: Howard E. Rollins Jr.

    Tateh: Mandy Patinkin

    Father: James Olson

    Mother’s Younger Brother: Brad Dourif

    Sarah: Debbie Allen

    Uhhh Howard Rollins is dead. Long dead. If this ever happened can we agree that the last person to direct is Rob Marshall?
    [/quote]

    But if Rollins could pull it off that would be one hell of a comeback. Literally from the dead! 
    [/quote]

    Ever seen Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? Laurence Olivier had been dead for 15 years, but with that film, he would have made a comeback if people went to go see it!

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    Anonymous
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    Alright I am bringing this thread back to life for a purpose. Here we are trying to make original musicals, adapt musicals like Into the Woods, and yet we aren’t making any musicals that really matter. Les Miz to a degree could fall into that category however some may disagree.

    Hollywood clearly wants to make a difference with the current political climate. While they certainly are making waves most of the time they prove ineffective because there are a mass number of people who could care less what a celebrity thinks. Movies like the Help and Hidden Figures have made a difference. They resonate with people, not everyone, but they make a difference. Yet here is a musical that can make a difference. Ragtime has a story that resonates with everyone. Every person. Every part of this country. Every demographic. It has the power to make a difference. Sure it isn’t as well known as Wicked or Les Miz, but it has power and a story that can bring light to even the most ignorant of eyes. If Hollywood wants to make a difference with gender, with race, with political, and immigration issues. This is a musical that really echoes what our country is today and what people can do to set it on track.

    Hollywood needs to take advantage of this, and there are parts in there for Meryl Streep and other actors who want to make a difference and can. Meryl Streep would be perfect to portray Emma Goldman.

    Make a difference in the way Hollywood is most effective, with its films. There is no other story as relevant as this. I think Goldderby should write an article at least detailing this with the current political climate and the possible Musical renaissance we have on the horizon. Thank you and Discuss.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Tough sell, I think. Forman’s Ragtime, despite mostly positive notices and ample awards attention, was a notorious commercial failure, and the Broadway musical doesn’t have nearly the same name recognition as other productions that recently garnered the stage-to-screen treatment.

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    Anonymous
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    Tough sell, I think. Forman’s Ragtime, despite mostly positive notices and ample awards attention, was a notorious commercial failure, and the Broadway musical doesn’t have nearly the same name recognition as other productions that recently garnered the stage-to-screen treatment.

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

    But with big names attached and exposure it will be pretty big. I think Spielberg needs to direct this, the American themes of it are perfect for him.

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