Ragtime The Musical: In Concert comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts July 9 and 10

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Ticket sales open Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. for Encore! Cast Performing Arts’ production of Ragtime The Musical: In Concert, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced today. Presented July 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walt Disney Theater, this production will benefit USO Central Florida. Tickets can be purchased online at www.drphillipscenter.org, by phone at 844.513.2014, or by visiting the Box Office at 445 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday. (Please note that online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.)Ragtime The Musical is set at the dawn of a new century, when everything is changing… and anything is possible. 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.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from uptempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

Last year, Encore collaborated with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to perform a fully staged concert production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, the latest in a long line of well-received productions designed for all ages. Reviews touted Encore’s Aida as “an absolutely gorgeous and accomplished production” that “could be translated from the stage at Dr. Phillips to NYC’s famed Lincoln Center.” With a performance of this caliber, Encore raised $15,000 to support education programming at the Dr. Phillips Center. This year, Encore looks to bring an even larger and more mesmerizing production with Ragtime!

Encore was formed by a handful of Disney Cast Members with a passion for music searching for a way to give back to the community.  Encore is dedicated to providing Disney Cast Members and their families an outlet for creativity and expression in the performing arts as well as supporting charities that make Central Florida a better place to live.

Encore! Cast Performing Arts has a history of presenting concerts that benefit local charities, and since its inception in 2002, this all-volunteer organization has presented more than 15 concerts and raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for charitable organizations. In 2011, Encore selected the Dr. Phillips Center as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the summer concert, and Encore was designated a Founding Donor of the arts center. In 2015, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts welcomed Encore! Cast Performing Arts as a resident performing group.

About Encore! Cast Performing Arts

Encore! Cast Performing Arts is dedicated to providing Disney Cast Members and their families an outlet for creativity and expression in the performing arts as well as supporting charities that make Central Florida a better place to live.

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn.  The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces.  Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces.  The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.