This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream.
Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team
of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's
distinguished novel, RAGTIME is the winner of the
1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and
Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.
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
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 up-tempo 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!
This is the version of text and score used in the original Broadway production. The Broadway show featured a lavish physical production, but it has been
successfully re-imagined and scaled down scenically for numerous stock and amateur productions. Version 1 supplies the original Broadway orchestrations,
designed to be played by 28 musicians. (Depending on how many string players you hire, this version could work with as few as 22 musicians.)
For Ragtime Version 2, the version presented on tour and in the West End click here. For Ragtime School Edition, click here.
Visit the Ragtime (Version 1) page on MTI ShowSpace to share and view photos, video, costume and prop rentals and more. Click here.
Broadway musicals come from “operetta,” which were introduced to New York in the early twentieth century by European composers.