September 27th-October 13th, 2019

Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
509 Westport Avenue (Route 1) in Norwalk
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Runtime: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

MTC MainStage presents
Book by Terrence McNally
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Scenic Deisgn by Jessie Lizotte
Costume Design by Diane Vanderkoef
Lighting Design by RJ Romeo
Sound Design by Will Atkin
Props Design by Merrie Deitch
Stage Managed by Jim Schilling
Choreography by Chris McNiff
Musical Direction by David Wolfson
Directed by Kevin Connors


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.

Who’s Who






ARI FRIMMER (The Little Boy) 
is thrilled to be returning to the MTC mainstage where he was last seen as John in Fun Home. Ari has played lead roles in many MTC school shows including Pinocchio (twice), Mike Teavee, King Louie, and Jojo in Seussical. He has also been drafted by Staples Players to play Winthrop in The Music Man and by Coleytown Company to perform Young James in Pasek & Paul’s James and the Giant Peach. In November you can see Ari in A Christmas Story at Curtain Call in Stamford. Thanks to Kevin, Jimmy, Deb, Stacy, Mom, Dad, Jonah, and his new dog, Leo.


JEFF GURNER (Willy Conklin) 
is thrilled to return to MTC, having appeared in last season’s Jekyll & Hyde and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Broadway: The Lion King. Off Broadway: Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, The Comedy of Errors, The Man of Destiny. Regional: The Music Man (Goodspeed), Billy Elliot (Gateway Playhouse),  Peter & the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company), A Christmas Story (St. Louis Rep), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Playmakers Rep), Harold & Maude The Musical (Papermill Playhouse), Brimstone (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Silver Dollar (Goodspeed), Five Course Love (Geva Theatre Center), Buddy! (The Ordway), Pump Boys & Dinettes (Cherry County Playhouse), Guys & Dolls (Macau International Music Festival). TV: Homeland, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Mercy, Rescue Me, Third Watch.


Dennis Holland (Father)
MTC debut! Doc in the recent 50th Anniversary international tour of WEST SIDE STORY, performing in Dublin, Dubai, Vienna, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Singapore, Tokyo, Auckland, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai. Broadway - THE MUSIC MAN; National Tour - PETER PAN; Regional - Playhouse on Park (Scottsboro Boys), Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Guthrie, Arden, (Barrymore nominee for PARADE); award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks; leading roles in numerous films, including CONCURRENCE, screened at Cannes in 2016. Love and thanks to Elyse, Anabel, Claire and Will.


Music Theater of Connecticut debut! Favorite roles: Ti-Moune (Once On This Island), Deena Jones (Dreamgirls), Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), and Alice’s Daughter/Swing (Big River).  Grateful to Family and Chosen Family! Thanks to the Ragtime Company and the audiences that support live theater! For the Glory! 


BRIAN DEMAR JONES (Booker T. Washington)
This is Brian’s first show with Music Theatre of Connecticut and he is extremely humbled and grateful to be working with such a talented company. NYC:The Brothers Size, King Lear, The Wild Party. Regional: Pride and Prejudice (KCRep), Henry 4, Part 2 and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Little Shop of Horrors, Hello Dolly! (5th Avenue), Education: MFA in Acting, University of Washington. Brian is also a teacher and director. He would love to thank his tiny loving family for thier encouragement and teamwork. Bdemarjones.com.




BILL NABEL (Grandfather)
Film & TV-“Thorndyke” Professor Marston and His Wonder Women; “Dr. Bill Zanner” Madame Secretary; “Saperstein” Starz’ Gravity; “French ambassador,” Gossip Girl; Over 9400 performances on Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, Home Sweet Homer, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Evita; Most Happy Fella. Writer-Finalist-Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Prize-Take Me America. Also, Lying To Spielberg, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Love On Ice-Florida Fest of New Musicals


Broadway: LES MISERABLES (Fantine), PASSION (Mistress), MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Rose). Off-Broadway: PUTTING IT TOGETHER (Manhattan Theatre Club), GENESIS (Public Theatre). Tours: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Marta), Music of ALW. Regional: KISS ME, KATE (Kate, Annapolis Symphony), MAMMA MIA! (Donna, ACT of CT), BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Francesca, MTC, CT Critics Circle nomination), NEXT TO NORMAL (Diana, MTC, CT Critics Circle Award), Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, Walnut St. Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre. For Marin.

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HANNAH PRESSMAN (The Little Girl) 
is excited to return to MTC's Main Stage where she was last seen in Evita. She has also appeared in Joseph and the Who's Tommy at the Ridgefield Playhouse.  Favorite roles include: Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), Seussical (Gertrude), Willy Wonka (Mrs. Bucket), and Beauty and the Beast (Chip). Hannah would like to thank her friends, family, and MTC for their support.


This Award Winning Actress recently won the Lucille Lortel Award & received a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of, ‘Frankie’, in John Doyle’s reimagined Carmen Jones in NYC! Favorite Credits:  Les Misérables (Broadway), Dance of the Vampires (Broadway), Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), Jerry Springer the Opera (Carnegie Hall), The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (National Tour), Anything Goes as ‘Reno Sweeney’ (Arena Stage). Film: Garden State. TV: “Crashing” (HBO). Training: AMDA. In Loving Memory of my mom, Rita. Www.Soara-Joye.com


RYAN RYAN (The Little Girl) 
has been enjoying the stage since she was three years old.  With dance instruction in ballet, tap, lyrical and jazz at both Ballet Etudes Studio and the Westport YMCA Company dance programs, she has performed in multiple Nutcracker performances at the Westport Country Playhouse, ten annual dance showcases and has competed in more than seventeen multi-discipline regional dance competitions in both solo and group numbers.  Her musical theatre productions include Shrek The Musical, Suessical The Musical, The Jungle Book and The Disney Descendants.  Ryan has performed with the a cappella group, Back Track and does annual workshops with Camp A Capella.  At age 6, she had her first solo singing performance while playing piano, followed a year later by Les Miserable’s Castle on A Cloud, a cappella in front of her entire school.  Ryan looks forward to an exciting career in theatre and is immensely grateful for her first professional experience in Ragtime.


MIA SCARPA (Emma Goldman) 
is thrilled to return to MTC after appearing in the title role in Always...Patsy Cline and as Marian in The Bridges of Madison County.  Regional credits: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Evita (Ensemble), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly Levi), and The Taffetas (Kaye). Vocal training: Paul Elkin of Norwalk, CT.  Many thanks to the creative team, and love to Dad, Mom, Gina, and Michael. @therealmiagab


is a recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Regional: Ensemble in Mamma Mia! (ACT of Connecticut), Sillabub in Cats and Agnes in Gypsy (Interlakes Summer Theatre). KCACTF National Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress in a Musical. www.JessicaMollySchwartz.com  


JACOB SUNDLIE (Older Brother)
Debuting at MTC, Jacob’s previous professional credits include: Shawnee Playhouse, Weathervane Playhouse, Carousel Music Theater, and NCC Theatre, as well as producing and directing I and You in Manhattan. Jacob is appreciative of this opportunity and humbled to play a role that mirrors his feelings towards today’s political climate.