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29 Shaftesbury Avenue
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Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow

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 and Lynn Ahrens ("Once On This Island," "Seussical," "Lucky 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 Daddyís 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! Book by Terrence McNally; music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Presented by Mesa Encore Theatre at the Farnsworth Studio.



Drury Lane Announces Complete Casting for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre announces complete casting for disco musical Saturday Night Fever, rewritten for the Drury Lane stage, featuring music and lyrics by The Bee Gees, based on the smash-hit Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn, and adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks. This North American version was written by Sean Cercone and David Abbinantiand is helmed by Tony-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knechtges. Saturday Night Fever runs January 19 - March 19, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. A portion of the opening night tickets sales will be donated to ArtReach, a nonprofit providing access to the arts to underserved communities in the Chicago area. (more...)

Len Cariou, Liz Callaway & More Featured on New Compilation Album 'These Are My Friends'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Golden Stage Records has released 'These Are My Friends', a compilation of Broadway songs and reminiscences from some of the theater's greatest TONY award-winning artists. (more...)

Tune In Tonight for Live Conversation with SAG Nominee Audra McDonald!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Please join BroadwayWorld and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for a special live streamed career retrospective Q&A with Audra McDonald, SAG Award Nominee for Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.  (more...)

Nancy Opel and More Round Out CRAZY FOR YOU Company at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Complete casting has been announced for Manhattan Concert Productions' (MCP) 25th Anniversary concert performance of Gershwin's Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy for You, on February 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. (more...)

NYC School Tour of Irving Berlin's LAND THAT I LOVE Starts This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

In celebration of its landmark 35th anniversary season, leading NYC arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway is presenting a city-wide school tour and revival of their acclaimed musical production, Irving Berlin's Land That I Love. (more...)

Brian Stokes Mitchell Weighs In on RAGTIME Censorship: 'It's a Great Disservice'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

This spring, Cherry Hill High School will perform a different kind of Ragtime- without any racist or offensive language included. The school explains in an official statement: (more...)

BWW Interview: Maury Yeston Talks DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY Ahead of London Opening
by Liz Cearns - Jan 23, 2017

Maury Yeston, the composer and lyricist best-known for Nine and Titanic, visited the West End a few months before the West End opening of his new musical, Death Takes a Holiday. Based on a film (which was based on a play) this story tells of how Death changed his perspective. He used to not quite understand why everyone he came to collect was quite so aggrieved to die, until he met a particular woman who allowed him to realise quite what makes life worth clinging to. The side effect of Death's occupation being, though, that he can't collect anyone else while he's so distracted - Death the person and death the concept take a break!  Maury was kind enough to discuss his musical background, some of his better-known works and his latest venture for the stage. (more...)

Christiane Noll and David Harris to Star in Theatreworks in NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

TheaterWorks (Rob Ruggiero, Producing Artistic Director) announced exciting casting news today for the theater's upcoming production of NEXT TO NORMAL. Tony nominated Christiane Noll will play Diana and David Harris will play Dan in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama (Music by Tom Kitt / Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey). Rob Ruggiero will direct. (more...)

Nancy Opel-Led CURVY WIDOW Will Land at George Street Playhouse in May
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

George Street Playhouse has announced that the new musical comedy Curvy Widow, starring Broadway's Nancy Opel (GSP's The Toxic Avenger, Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas), will be the fifth and final show of the New Brunswick theatre's 2016-17 season.  The show runs May 2-21, 2017, with opening night scheduled for May 5, 2017. (more...)

Broadway Couple Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley to Celebrate Human Race Theatre's 30th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

On Friday, February 24, Broadway legends and husband and wife team Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley take to the Loft Theatre stage for one night only to help The Human Race Theatre Company celebrate its 30th anniversary in Broadway and Beyond, a musical review. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE FULL MONTY Opens at The John W. Engeman Theater Northport
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 22, 2017

THE FULL MONTY played a full-hearted opening last night. Check out the photos below! This 10-time Tony Award nominee is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizazz... not to mention the most highly anticipated closing number in Broadway history! In need of quick cash and low on prospects, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with the outrageous idea to put on a strip act after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. As they prepare for the big night, working through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Brian Stokes Mitchell Sings Touching America The Beautiful Plus RAGTIME
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2017

Watch Brian Stokes Mitchell stunning January 20th performance of at Concert for America. Stokes Mitchell started with a touching rendition of America the Beautiful, then transitioned into his signature Ragtime tune Wheels of a Dream. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/21-1/22/2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2017

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, January 22, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017. (more...)

CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! Will Present Repeat Broadcast 01/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2017

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! brought together artists from Broadway, TV and beyond to spread a message of unity and hope yesterday afternoon at Town Hall. The first concert in the monthly series raised more than $100,000 to benefit the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and the Sierra Club Foundation. (more...)

BWW Feature: Louisville Theatres Join 'Ghost Light' Project - Long As I Can See The Light
by Keith Waits - Jan 21, 2017

On a rainy January 19, at 5:30 p.m. on the steps in front of Actors Theatre of Louisville, members of the Louisville theatre community took part in launching a nation-wide initiative entitled The Ghost Light Project. Besides Actors Theatre, there were representatives from other local companies such as Kentucky Shakespeare, Looking for Lilith, The Liminal Playhouse, Theatre [502], the University of Louisville's African American Theatre Program, among others. (more...)

Ars Nova and WP Theater Present SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Ars Nova and WP Theater are pleased to present the world premiere of Sundown, Yellow Moon (February 28-April 1), a nighttime play, with songs, by Rachel Bonds, directed by Anne Kauffman (OBIE and Drama Desk Award winner), with songs by the indie-folk duo The Bengsons (Hundred Days) and additional lyrics by Bonds. (more...)

Vision Latino Theatre Company to Launch Second Season with JUST LIKE US
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Vision Latino Theatre Company (VLTC) kicks off their Second Season with Karen Zacarias, Just Like Us. Performance of Just Like Us will be held at Chicago Dramatists (1105 W Chicago Ave.). (more...)

Wendy MacLeod's WOMEN IN JEOPARDY! to Play Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company presents Women in Jeopardy! by Wendy MacLeod, a comedy reviewers have described as 'Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club,' running February 10 - February 25, 2017. (more...)

Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo to be Joined by Jason Hughes and Archie Madekwe in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Full casting for Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is announced today. Joining Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, who play husband and wife Martin and Stevie in Ian Rickson's production, will be Jason Hughes as Martin's oldest friend Ross and Archie Madekwe as their son Billy. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in Detroit. I know it's hard to believe that PHANTOM could ever be improved upon, but they've worked some magic. The chandelier is more spooky, the catacombs look more like a person actually lives there, the costumes are different, especially the stairway costume in part two - but in this version there is no grand staircase. This phantom uses a lot of pyrotechnics to accompany his magic. You will like the way they descend into the Phantom's lair; that bridge scene what shifted like a teeter totter has been replaced by really cool steps that protrude from dungeon walls. And the best part is at the very end, when the phantom vanishes; it's in a very different way, and I have no idea how he pulled it off. (more...)

Josh Collins to Star in New York Premiere of 9 CIRCLES; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture has announced that British actor Josh Collins will make his North American stage debut as Daniel Reeves in the New York Premiere of Bill Cain's compelling and visceral thriller 9 CIRCLES this February. (more...)

Hackney Empire Announces CINDERLLEA as 2017 Pantomime
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Hackney Empire has today announced Cinderella as its 2017 Christmas pantomime. The 2016 production of Sleeping Beauty was seen by audiences from across the globe from countries including Hong Kong, USA, Brazil, Japan and Hawaii but 20% of the audience was from Hackney, an increase of 1% on last year. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at European Premiere of DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY at Charing Cross Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

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Michele Ragusa to Play Title Role in Riverside Theatre's MAME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

After playing Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly! to great critical and popular acclaim last season, Michele Ragusa returns to Riverside Theatre in another iconic role, that of Mame Dennis in Mame. (more...)

CPCC Theatre to Stage Tony-Winning Musical RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Theatre is excited to perform the Tony Award-winning-musical "Ragtime" on the Halton Theater stage, Feb. 10 - 19. Watch as the CPCC Theatre troupe presents a sweeping portrait of early 20th century America, telling the story of three characters in pursuit of the American Dream. (more...)

BROADWAY ON MAIN STREET Exclusively at Jeanne Rimsky Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

It's an all-new event created exclusively for the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Producer Stephen DeAngelis brings five of Broadway's finest vocalists to recreate their signature musical moments from their long-running roles in the Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals you know and love. They'll also share backstage stories and take questions from the audience. (more...)

Complete Casting Announced for Broadway's WAR PAINT!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Producers David Stone and Marc Platt today announced complete casting for the upcoming Broadway musical, WAR PAINT. (more...)

The Uncharted Music Series at Greenwich House Music School
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Now entering its third full year, Uncharted at Greenwich House Music School has emerged as one of New York's most exciting and unpredictable live music series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. (more...)

Major Attaway to Star as Genie in ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is pleased to announce that Major Attaway, current Genie standby in the Broadway company, will take over the role full-time beginning Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (more...)

Over 500 Organizations Join THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT; Broadway Stars Will Gather in Times Square!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

As previously announced, at 5:30pm on January 19, 2017, at sunset the eve of the Inauguration, more than 500 theaters, ensembles and companies, high school and university theater programs will gather across the country to light a light and make a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone - regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (more...)

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND's Rachel Bloom to Go CRAZY FOR YOU at Lincoln Center; More Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP) has announced Rachel Bloom and Jerry O'Connell, who will co-star as Irene Roth and Lank Hawkins respectively, for the 25th Anniversary concert performance of Crazy for You. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre For Kids Meows Onstage with GARFIELD: THE MUSICAL WITH CATTITUDE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Audiences of all ages will love Walnut Street Theatre for Kids' production of GARFIELD: The Musical With Cattitude. (more...)

Design-Focused 'in 1: the podcast' Welcomes Tony and Emmy-Winner Derek McLane
by in 1: the podcast - Jan 16, 2017

It's 2017 and we're going to Hollywood! Or at the very least, bridging the gap between theatre and film as we sit down with the man responsible for the look of the Academy Awards, the NBC Live Musicals, and over 35 Broadway shows, it's Scenic Designer Derek McLane! (more...)

3-D Theatricals' ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Sail to Redondo Beach and Cerritos PAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

From the creators of Broadway's Ragtime and SEUSSICAL, 3-D Theatricals will present the eight-time Tony nominated ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. (more...)

Stephanie Riso's THE STORM Concludes MTAP's First Season of Hot Metal Musicals Incubator Readings
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator presents its third installment of new musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of The Storm with book, lyrics and music by Stephanie Riso. This free reading, featuring a cast of 15 and directed by Pittsburgh CLO's producing director Mark Fleischer, will be held on Sunday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh. MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals Incubator readings are being presented with the extensive cooperation and support of the Pittsburgh CLO. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal to Present SUPER KIDS THURSDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

It's the 74th Kritzerland show and the annual all young performers show - one of the yearly favorites to do. Those who've been to the shows know that one of the things that makes them unique (until everyone else started doing it) is the use of young performers in shows. Kritzerland likes to nurture and be supportive of tomorrow's future musical theater performers, in fact, they feel it is their duty to do so. So, this is the performers' night to shine. But if you think you're going to hear a bunch of kid songs, you won't be. The night is a challenge to the young folks and there will be no pandering to their age - they are given wonderful musical theatre material from the classics to the new, featuring songs from shows they may one day get to do - so, you'll be hearing amazing songs from such classics as Funny Girl, The Music Man, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, as well as less well known musicals like Minnie's Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, Baby, right up to the Broadway smash, Waitress. Being a Kritzerland show, there will also be a few surprises. So join this incredible cast of young folks and catch these young people before they're on Broadway. Kritzerland is produced and hosted by Bruce Kimmel and co-produced by Doug Haverty.  (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company presents a 2017/2018 season that defies conventions on what opera can be and cements the art form's enduring relevance as a reflection of timeless human relations and universal themes. (more...)

BRECHT ON BRECHT to Celebrate the Legendary Dramatist at New Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

New Repertory Theatre presents Brecht on Brecht, February 4-March 5, 2017 in the Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

'MARGARITAVILLE', THE COLOR PURPLE, WAITRESS and More on Tap for Broadway in New Orleans' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2017 - 2018 season was announced today. Presented by the New Orleans Theatre Association, the new season will play at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans beginning fall 2017. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell Join Pacific Symphony's 2016-17 Pops Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Pacific Symphony announces today that award-winning Broadway superstars Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell will join the orchestra's 2016-17 Pops season, replacing previously scheduled Jason Alexander, who was forced to cancel due to an unforeseeable conflict. (more...)

Life Is Beautiful! Roundabout's CABARET to Play the Princess of Wales Theatre This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

David Mirvish will present the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. CABARET will play a strictly one-week engagement, February 14 - 19 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Mike Isaacson to Receive CTI's 2017 Robert Whitehead Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Mike Isaacson will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing' at a reception at Sardi's on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at The Barn Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, in association with Temecula Presents, this all-star production of Jason Robert Browns' Songs For A New World opens tonight at the Old Town Temecula stage for 4 nights only, January 12-15! (more...)

James Anthony Tyler's Timely Comedy DOLPHINS AND SHARKS to Debut at Labyrinth Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Labyrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere of the witty and socially poignant production of Dolphins and Sharks by upcoming playwright James Anthony Tyler. The production, which marks Tyler's professional debut, is scheduled for February 9 - March 19 and is directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. (more...)

Lea Michele Will Perform in LA & NYC Solo Shows Later This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Just last week, SCREAM QUEENS star Lea Michele announced that she'll release a new album in 2017. Today brings news that she'll also perform in a series of live shows titled, An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele. She'll visit LA's Hotel Cafe (January 23) and Broad Theatre (January 30), and New York's Appel Room (January 26). (more...)

Photo: First Production Photo Released for DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Death Takes A Holiday is the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland following the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime, which has just received an all-time record 14 Off West End Award nominations as well as WhatsOnStage Award nominations for Best Musical Revival and Best Off West End Producton. (more...)

Mark Inscoe to Replace Maxwell Caulfield in DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Producers have announced that there has been a cast change for the upcoming European premiere of the musical  Death Takes A Holiday. (more...)

Breaking News: Have You Heard? ANASTASIA Has Found Its Full Broadway Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Producers Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It's Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening) just announced complete casting for the new musical, ANASTASIA. (more...)

Rachel Dratch and Jack McBrayer Join Manhattan Concert Productions' CRAZY FOR YOU
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Manhattan Concert Productions welcomes comedic duo Rachel Dratch and Jack McBrayer for their concert performance of Gershwin's Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy for You. (more...)

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