Ragtime (Version 1)


Ragtime (Version 1)


Book by  Terrence McNally
Music by  Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Version 1

Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

RAGTIME is not only a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty andLynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND,SEUSSICAL andLUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as 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 by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. It draws 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.

Featured are such show stopping songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Your Daddy’s Son," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day," "Back To Before," and "Make Them Hear You." This thrilling musical is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

For complete information on this and other Ahrens and Flaherty shows, as well as links to purchase CDs, vocal selections and other publications, please go to www.AhrensandFlaherty.com

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.



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Not all Broadway musicals have had happy premises or happy endings. Popular musicals over the years which featured death or murder include: Redhead (1959), Sweeney Todd (1979), and West Side Story (1957).

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