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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.



Photo Flash: Amas Musical Theatre Celebrates Aherns and Flaherty at 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer), New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, recently held the company's 48th Anniversary Gala Benefit honoring the Tony Award-winning composing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and More Set for Abbey Lincoln Tribute at Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, under the leadership of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, continues to celebrate the legacy of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams with the annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, May 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. (more...)

Shea's to Say 'Willkommen' to CABARET This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET, playing April 25-30, 2017 for eight performances at Shea's Buffalo Theatre as part of the M&T Bank 2016-17 Broadway Series. (more...)

BWW Feature: MOTHERWORKS at The Warehouse
by Justin Cole Adams - Apr 7, 2017

MOTHERWORKS is sure to be the quintessential Mother's Day event with headliners from stage and screen, and ChrisCakes catering each show. (more...)

Podcast: 'Broadwaysted' Welcomes the Fabulous Cast of CAGNEY
by Broadwaysted - Apr 23, 2017

It's time for Another Round of Broadwaysted and this week the whole gang is hanging out with some of the talented cast members of CAGNEY THE MUSICAL! On this episode, we' pour out wine and gather around the mics with Jeremy Benton, Bruce Sabath, Josh Walden, and Ellen Zolezzi and discuss the musical that has kept them all tapping and singing Off-Broadway for over a year! (more...)

Meet the Sweet Company of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 23, 2017

The new Broadway musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently in performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) and officially opens tonight, April 23, 2017. Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

Photo Flash: Thrilling True Story THE BRAILLE LEGACY Takes the Stage
by Roy Tan - Apr 22, 2017

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Ragtime, Titanic, Grey Gardens) directs the world premiere of The Braille Legacy, starring West End star Jerome Pradon. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Slates May Open Call for 'Ti Moune' in New York City
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The team behind ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, coming to Broadway in Fall 2017, has just announced it will be holding an open casting call in New York City on May 2nd. (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 4/21 - URINETOWN, CHICAGO, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Check out the top stories from Dallas you might have missed this week and more! Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Dallas You Might Have Missed 4/21 - URINETOWN, CHICAGO, and More! (more...)

Trinity Rep Offering Sensory-Friendly Subscription Series for Theatergoers on Autism Spectrum
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

In support of its commitment to theater for all, Trinity Repertory Company announces a series of moderately-adjusted performances of every show in the 2017-2018 season to meet the needs of audience members with autism and/or with sensory-processing disorders. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL at Trinity College
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Heathers: The Musical plays Trinity College in Hartford, CT from April 27-29, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in costume below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and More Bring the Romanovs to Broadway in ANASTASIA!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The new musical, ANASTASIA, will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street), produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It's Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor and Mary Beth Peil. BroadwayWorld has a first look at their 'journey to the past' onstage below! (more...)

Hello, Broadway! Meet the Cast of HELLO, DOLLY!, Opening Tonight
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 20, 2017

The revival of Hello, Dolly opens tonight on Broadway, starring Bette Midler and featuring a star-studded cast. The Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's masterpiece Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

Summer Stages Maine: A Sampling of Best Picks
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - Apr 20, 2017

There are plenty of reasons to make Maine your summer destination: the breathtaking coastline, beautiful beaches, pristine trails to hike, waterways to sail, and wildlife to observe. But Maine also has a long history of being home to respected summer theatres, and in recent seasons the wealth of performance offerings has not only increased in number, but also in quality. Maine can proudly say that it boasts some of the finest regional theatre companies in the country. Here are my editorial picks among the many possibilities for theatre-lovers. (more...)

First Listen to 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. BroadwayWorld brings you a first listen to the song 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Concludes Season with MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. Previews are Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. and Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an added matinee performance Thursday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE There are no 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, April 20 and  May 11 and no 4 p.m. performance  Saturday, April 22. Tickets to Marry Me a Little are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

BWW Feature: San Francisco Students Participate in HAMILTON EduHam Program
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 19, 2017

History had its eyes on thousands of students last Wednesday when they arrived at SHN's Orpheum Theatre for the second San Francisco EduHam. Fourteen high schools participated in the April 12th program, with groups of one to three students from each school given the opportunity to "tell their story" on the Orpheum stage. (more...)

Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth Kick Off Awards Season with Drama League Nominees; Watch Live at 11AM!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Tony Award-winners Patina Miller (Pippin) and Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) will announce the 2017 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award later this morning, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street, 2nd Floor). (more...)

The Bickford Theatre presents A Four Hand Stride Piano Blockbuster
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and James P. Johnson created a jazz piano style known as stride that is both musically and visually exciting and has been a fan favorite for decades. The Bickford Theatre is proud to present the next generation of  stride pianists in concert with critically-acclaimed musician Stephanie Trick joined by the equally talented Paolo Alderighi on Monday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Casting Announced for Griffin Theatre's RAGTIME at The Den Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its newly-orchestrated chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, reimagined by director Scott Weinstein with new orchestrations by Matt Deitchman, music direction by Jermaine Hill and Ellen Morris and choreography by William Carlos Angulo. (more...)

Audra McDonald Graces Cover of Variety's 'Power of Women' Issue
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald graces the cover of Variety's 'Power of Women' issue. The Broadway alum is being recognized by the magazine for her work with Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless teens in 30 cities across six countries. (more...)

Photo Flash: Charing Cross Theatre presents THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday with ILLYRIA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Prospect Theater Company (Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director / Melissa Huber, Managing Director) will present a new actor-musician workshop staging of Illyria on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4pm and Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7pm. Illyria features book, music, and lyrics by Peter Mills and is adapted from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Mills and Reichel. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Hold Open Call for 'Ti Moune' in Los Angeles
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 17, 2017

The team behind ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, coming to Broadway in Fall 2017, has just announced it will be holding an open casting call in Los Angeles, CA on April 27. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND To Hold Open Call for 'Ti Moune' in New Orleans
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 17, 2017

The team behind ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, coming to Broadway in Fall 2017, has just announced it will be holding an open casting call in New Orleans, LA on April 29. (more...)

Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra Announces Full Musician Roster
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces the completion of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND To Hold Open Call for 'Ti Moune' in Atlanta
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 17, 2017

The team behind ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, coming to Broadway in Fall 2017, has just announced it will be holding an open casting call in Atlanta, GA on April 30. (more...)

Stephen McKinley Henderson to Give Juilliard's 2017 Commencement Address
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

The Juilliard School will confer honorary doctorates upon six luminaries during its 112th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (Broadway at 65th Street, New York City). (more...)

Summer Stages: Jaime's Long Island Spring/Summer Picks
by Jaime Zahl - Apr 17, 2017

Spring is in full swing with summer just on the horizon, but that does not mean Long Island theatre goers are any less likely to relax indoors for a night of theatrical entertainment. This season in particular is filled with a plethora of theatrical productions to choose from, brought to you by the theaters and casts you know and love. (more...)

Christiane Noll to Make Met Room Debut with THE IRA GERSHWIN ALBUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Chiristiane Noll will make her Metropolitan Room debut with 'The Ira Gershwin Album' on May 24th and June 7th at 7 p.m. (more...)

AVENUE Q, ONCE, and More Fill Warner Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2017

The Warner Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 Warner Stage Company season.  The Main Stage season opens in November with AVENUE Q and follows with ONCE, THE FULL MONTY and Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. (more...)

MAD ABOUT THE BOY Cast Album Announces April 28th Release
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2017

The original cast album for Chip Deffaa's trailblazing gay musical, 'Mad About the Boy,' which broke box-office records at New York's venerable 13th Street Theater, will be released April 28th.  The CD can be pre-ordered now from such sites as Amazon.com and CDBaby.com; digital downloads are available from iTunes, starting today.  (more...)

BWW Previews: A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at Brick Road Theatre
by Kyle Christopher West - Apr 15, 2017

Brick Road Theatre will present A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Best Musical Award recipient, on May 5th-13th, 2017. The Tony Award-winning trio behind Ragtime writes the show: Terrance McNally (Book), Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Lon Barrera directs. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kim Scharnberg and Christopher Youstra
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 14, 2017

Today's subjects, Kim Scharnberg and Christopher Youstra, are currently living their theatre lives as the orchestrator and musical director, respectively, for the Ford's Theatre production of Ragtime. The show continues through May 20th. (more...)

THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES to Razzle Dazzle at Pioneer Theatre Company; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, running May 5 - 20, 2017. The musical was the toast of Broadway when it premiered in 1991, winning the 1991 Tony Award for best musical. (more...)

Actors Co-Op presents Ahrens and Flaherty's LUCKY STIFF
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for110 in the Shade) presents the fifth and final show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season, the killer musical from the writers of Ragtime and Once On This Island, LUCKY STIFF, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, choreography by Julie Hall, musical direction by Taylor Stephenson and directed by Stephen Van Dorn.  LUCKY STIFF will preview on Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 18 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

Harlem Repertory Theatre 's WIZARDS OF OZ Extends Through 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

To share a very popular show with wider audiences, Harlem Repertory Theatre and the Yip Harburg Foundation will extend their co-production of 'The Wizard of Oz' through September 9, 2017 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

JAG Productions Presents August Wilson's FENCES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

JAG Productions will present August Wilson's Fences later this month at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock, Vermont.  Previews begin April 27, 2017 and performances run through May 7, 2017. (more...)

RAGTIME, 'BRIDGES', 'SUNDAY IN THE PARK' Set for Revival Theatre Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Corridor premieres will hit Cedar Rapids in Revival Theatre Company's 4th Season. See the full schedule below: (more...)

THE FULL MONTY Coming to Manatee Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart. (more...)

VIDEO: GLEE Stars Darren Criss and Lea Michele Reunite for 'Lost Boys Life' Duet
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

'It was so nice to be back with a old friend,' Darren Criss wrote introducing a video of he and fellow GLEE star Lea Michele dueling on 'Lost Boys Life' from Criss's new four-song Ep from his new alt-pop band Computer Games, which he launched with his brother, Chuck. Check it out below! (more...)

Doo-Wop, Swing and Jive with Postmodern Jukebox at MPAC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

Enjoy a whole new take on the songs you love in a way you've never heard before! Pop hits get a doo-wop, swing, or Ragtime remix at Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 8 pm. (more...)

NYC-Wide School Tour of 'LAND THAT I LOVE' Extends Again
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2017

The city-wide school tour of Irving Berlin's Land That I Love, featuring music & lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin, The Wedding Singer, Elf the Musical), has extended its performance schedule for the second time due to popular demand and strong audience response, with support from NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile. (more...)

BWW Review: Mercury's Spartan, but Enchanting MARY POPPINS
by Misha Davenport - Apr 11, 2017

BWW Review: Mercury's spartan, but Enchanting MARY POPPINS (more...)

DM Playhouse Counting Down to 100th Anniversary with Song
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and is starting the celebration early with a special fundraising performance to be held each year leading up to the big day. (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND to Hold Open Calls for 'Ti Moune' in Detroit, Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The team behind ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, coming to Broadway in Fall 2017, has just announced it will be holding an open casting call in Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL this weekend, April 14 & 15, 2017.  (more...)

San Diego Junior Theatre to present THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

San Diego Junior Theatre, with a mission to provide engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest produces The Wizard of Oz, directed and choreographed by active San Diego artist, Carlos Mendoza. The production runs from April 28th - May 14th. Performances are Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The production will showcase the work of 45 San Diego Junior Theatre youth performers and 26 youth technicians, ranging in age from 8 to18. (more...)

Casting Announced For Servant Stage Company's Production of THE CIVIL WAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

Servant Stage Company is pleased to announce casting for their upcoming production of The Civil War, the Broadway musical by Frank Wildhorn, Jr. The production will be led by Servant Stage Company Artistic Director Wally Calderon, and features a cast of over 30 performers. (more...)

Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth to Announce 2017 Drama League Nominees; BroadwayWorld to Stream Live!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

The Drama League has announced, today, Tony Award-winners Patina Miller (Pippin) and Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) will announce the 2017 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award on Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street, 2nd Floor). (more...)

Photo Flash: Journey to St. Petersburg with a First Look at ANASTASIA on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

ANASTASIA began previews on March 23 and will open on Broadway on April 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor, and Mary Beth Peil. (more...)

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