Theatre Aspen bringing in ‘Ragtime’ understudy |

Theatre Aspen bringing in ‘Ragtime’ understudy

Theatre Aspen canceled its Wednesday night performance of “Ragtime,” as lead actor Michael Andreaus’ injury prevented the show from going on.

Andreaus, playing Coalhouse, ruptured his Achilles tendon during the show’s final dress rehearsal last month. The company had opted to keep him in the lead rather than using an understudy. Andreaus has been performing from a stage-side folding chair since the June 26 opening.

“Upon his doctor’s advice (Wednesday) morning, he needs to take a few performances off to speed the healing process. … We look forward to having Michael back soon,” Theatre Aspen producing director Jed Bernstein said via email Thursday.

Marcus Jordan, who has been playing Booker T. Washington in the production, will take over the role of Coalhouse.

“Ragtime” runs through Aug. 18 at the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park.

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