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.
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,SEUSSICALandLUCKY 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!
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.
Kurt Weill’s ("Berlin to Broadway") greatest theatrical success came after his death with The Threepenny Opera when it opened off-Broadway in 1954. Starring his widow, Lotte Lenya, it went on to run over 2,600 performances.