Ragtime

PLOT SYNOPSIS

This epic new musical by the award-winning composer/lyricist team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, Seussical) paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime intertwines three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. The score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is just as diverse as the Melting Pot of America that it seeks to recreate. It draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music and yearning lyrics of the immigrants, Vaudeville’s outrageous style to capture the spectacle of Evelyn Nesbit, and Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem. With a book by Terrance McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class), this 1998 Tony award winning show for best score, book, and orchestrations, features 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 momentous musical is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

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Directed By

Mary Gutzi

Choreographed By

John Rampage

Musical Direction By

Melina Lillios

 

Book By

Terrence McNally

 

A Music & Lyrics By

Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens


Show
Schedule

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    September 26 – October 12, 2003

1 Interpreted & Described Performance

2 The "Talk Back" begins after the performance. Discussions are free of charge, and one need not attend that day's performance to participate.