This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in 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.
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
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!
For complete information on this and other Ahrens and Flaherty shows, as well as links to purchase CDs, vocal selections and other publications,
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This version of Ragtime was presented on tour, and on London’s West End. It features a revised text and score so that it can be done with minimal visuals
and scenic effects, or even in a “concert” format, using no scenery whatsoever. It is designed to be played with as few as 19 players. (The full,
Broadway-sized orchestration of Ragtime Version 1 is also available for this version for concert presentations, if desired.)
For Ragtime Version 1, the version presented on Broadway, click here. For Ragtime School Edition, click here.
Visit the Ragtime (Version 2) page on MTI ShowSpace to share and view photos, video, costume and prop rentals and more. Click here.
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).