Rags

Original Broadway Production (1986)

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Rebecca Hershkowitz
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David Hershkowitz
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Bella Cohen
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Avram Cohen
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Ben
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Anna Cohen
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Rachel Halpern
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Saul, a union organizer
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"Big Tim" Sullivan
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Nathan Hershkowitz

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Act One

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  • I Remember .... Homesick Immigrant
  • Greenhorns .... The Americans and New Immigrants
  • Brand New World .... Rebecca and David
  • Children of the Wind .... Rebecca, Avram and David
  • Penny a Tune .... Rachel, Klezmorim, Peddlers and Workers
  • Easy for You .... Saul, Rebecca and David
  • Hard to Be a Prince .... Hamlet and Company
  • Blame It on the Summer Night .... Rebecca with Clarinettist
  • For My Mary .... Irish Tenor and Ben
  • Rags .... Bella and Avram
  • What's Wrong With That? .... Frankie, Mike, "Big Tim" and Nathan
  • On the Fourth Day of July .... Picnickers and Band
  • In America .... Rebecca and Nathan

Act Two

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  • Yankee Boy .... Nathan and Neighbors
  • Uptown .... Nathan and Rebecca
  • Wanting .... Rebecca and Saul
  • Three Sunny Rooms .... Rachel and Avram
  • The Sound of Love .... Ben, David and Shoppers
  • For My Mary (Reprise) .... Bella and Ben
  • Democratic Club Dance .... Rebecca, "Big Tim," Nathan, Mike, Mrs. Sullivan, Democrats and Band
  • Prayer .... Avram, Rebecca and Men
  • Bread and Freedom .... Rosa, Rebecca, Esther and Sam
  • Dancing With the Fools .... Rebecca, Nathan and Strikers
  • Finale .... Rebecca, David, The Americans and New Immigrants

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Trivia & History

During the preview two nights before opening night of the tryout in Boston, Teresa Stratas became ill. Standby Christine Andreas took over for her in midperformance. This was Monday, July 7, 1986. The production had been played previews since June 27. Andreas said that she had never had a rehearsal before she went on that night. Stratas was still ill two nights later when opening night came. Andreas played that performance, receiving excellent reviews.

On Saturday, July 12, the Boston Globe reported that Stratas would return to the production either that night or Monday. We don't know if she did return that night or Monday, but there was a review of her performance in the Boston Globe on July 17 so she must have returned to the show by July 16. She seems to have missed no other performances. Andreas herself said in a later interview that she "wasn't allowed near it again!" after the group of performances she played in Boston.

When the show reached New York, Andreas was not listed in the playbill. We are not sure if she was ever listed in the playbill in Boston or if she was an unlisted standby. In New York, Audrey Lavine was listed as understudy for the role of Rebecca, and there was no separate standby listed. We do not know if Andreas had left her standby job or if she was unlisted, a choice that some established performers make when taking a standby or understudy job, but we think she was still the standby, simply unlisted.


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