This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. (ADAPTED FOR HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMERS)
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 was 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
Best Score and has now been adapted for high school performers. Called by Time Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the
International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years," RAGTIME SCHOOL EDITION 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.
RAGTIME SCHOOL EDITION has become a favorite of schools
across the country and a valuable teaching tool with which educators can
discuss such issues as class and prejudice, social conditions, immigration and
the history of America itself. In this version, vocals are slightly rearranged
for student voices.
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
For Ragtime Version 1, the version presented on Broadway, click here. For Ragtime Version 2, the version presented on tour and in the West End, click here.
Visit the Ragtime School Edition page on MTI ShowSpace to share and view photos, video, costume and prop rentals and more. Click here.
The Fantasticks was originally called Joy Comes To Dead Horse and featured two families, one Mexican, one Caucasian, living on adjoining ranches.