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Ragtime - 1996 - Toronto

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 Daddy’s 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.

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by Team BWW - May 9, 2021
Mother's Day at last is here and we've got matriarchs on our mind. Some of Broadway's most iconic characters are moms- bold and brave, loving and nurturing- and we think they deserve an ovation. We're celebrating Broadway's most beloved maternal figures. Check out ten of them below!
by Vicki Trask - May 7, 2021
This week, Theatre Calgary's Stafford Arima and Maya Choldin explained how their company is paving the way for emerging artists in the new digital age of theatre. Theatre Calgary (which is known for its cross-country collaboration and interpretations of old and new plays and musicals) jumped into the digital scene fairly quickly following the ending of in-person performances.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2021
Music Theatre Wichita will present Red, White, and Broadway: A Star-Studded Tribute to America, running July 2-4 at Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2021
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording – based on the musical that has sold out hit productions across the US and Canada – is available in digital and streaming formats today, Friday, May 7.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2021
Barrington Stage Company has announced casting for the season’s outdoor productions Who Could Ask for Anything More? The Songs of George Gershwin and the world premiere play, Boca, and a line-up of Broadway stars who will perform in concert under a tent at BSC’s Production Center (34 Laurel Street).
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2021
Berkshire Theatre Group has announced Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) has joined the cast as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn will direct BTG's production.
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2021
BroadwayWorld has your exclusive first listen to 'This Song is Awesome,' a new track from Ride the Cyclone!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2021
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will commemorate their 40th anniversary with an exhilarating virtual celebration “GMCW Turns 40” that is available to stream starting on June 5 through June 20.   
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2021
Music Theater Works will present 'Legends Of The 50s And 60s: Greatest Hits' at North Shore Center For The Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 18, 2021 through June 27, 2021 as the first production of the 2021 season.
by Team BWW - May 4, 2021
As Mother's Day approaches, we've got matriarchs on our mind. Some of Broadway's most iconic characters are moms- bold and brave, loving and nurturing- and we think they deserve an ovation. We're celebrating Broadway's most beloved maternal figures. Today's spotlight is on the moms of Ragtime, Mother and Sarah.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2021
The award-winning producer of Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, Luckiest Productions, and Hayes Theatre Co, today announced the cast for the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2021
Today (March 31) in live streaming: it's Game Night on Stars in the House, LaChanze and Audra McDonald chat with TDF and more!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2021
'It just felt like the right thing to do,' says Aaron Albin, Executive Director of Art 4, when asked about their upcoming production of the hit Broadway musical Ragtime. 'We wanted to produce a show that met the moment we are collectively facing as a society,' says Aaron Albin.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2021
MT Shorts will release its original musical short film HIGH SCHOOL ZOOMSICAL on YouTube Wednesday, March 31st at 4:00 PM Eastern. HIGH SCHOOL ZOOMSICAL, is a hilarious contemporary love-letter to the theatre community that brings a little levity, a little romance, and a whole lot of jazz hands.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2021
Two-Up Productions is back with another unprecedented project: the first feature-length dramatic podcast, Shipworm. Set to release on April 26th, Shipworm is a first of its kind feature-length dramatic podcast. While most scripted podcasts are serialized or episodic series, Shipworm will be released as a one-off audio movie.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2021
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announces its 2021-22 Season: A Season of Discovery, marking a return to performances for live audiences at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2021
Viewers are invited to enjoy a favorite cup of tea as Ron performs his one-man show Travels with Mark Twain based on Twain's famous traveling lecture series, featuring readings from some of his most beloved works; including 'Tom Sawyer,' 'Huck Finn' and 'Adam and Eve'.
by Joni Lorraine - Apr 6, 2021
There's a silver lining for theatre fans during this pandemic stuff, and it's ZACH's Spring Concert series SONGS UNDER THE STARS. I attended last week, and you have one more weekend to catch Austin theatre icons Judy Arnold, Kia Dawn Fulton, Roderick Sanford, and Janis Stinson for the 'Gospel Down by the Riverside,' segment in the SONGS UNDER THE STARS series.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2021
Michael Anthony Theatrical has announced its latest cabaret, 'The Music of: Waitress.' This virtual performance art will be streamed on Sunday, May 9th at 7:00PM EST on Michael Anthony Theatrical's Official Youtube Page.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2021
Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, Les Miz, Hamilton) and Broadway's Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Once On This Island, MJ the Musical) open the World Premiere live outdoor staged performance and simulcast of Beyond the Veil, an original ghost thriller by Steve Wargo.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2021
 Coffee and Cedar:  A Play, written by D.H. Cermeño, based on his book of the same title will open on Wednesday, May 19th, at 10 pm EST, and run for seven performance during the Orlando Fringe Festival. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2021
Chance Theater presents Orange County premiere of Neil Bertram and Brian Hill’s musical, The Story of My Life will be the first show in our 23rd Anniversary Season. The musical is directed by Matthew McCray (The Other Place), with music direction by Robyn Manion (Ragtime). The show will have scheduled virtual performances through June 6, 2021. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2021
Cleveland Play House presents its final virtual play for the 2020/21 theatrical season, Blackademics, a dark comedy written by Idris Goodwin. This raucous satire about two college professors navigating success and racism as Black women features Northeast Ohio actors, Mariah Burks, Colleen Longshaw, and Lisa Marie Schueller.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2021
Ride the Cyclone: World Premiere Cast Recording – based on the critically acclaimed musical that has sold out hit productions across the US and Canada – will be released in digital and streaming formats on Friday, May 7.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2021
On Site Opera is bringing music back to the streets of New York City with The Road We Came, a three-neighborhood musical walking tour that explores Black music history, May 1-July 31, 2021, in collaboration with Kenneth Overton, Kevin J. Miller, and Eric K. Washington.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2021
In the wake of the show's international success and due to enthusiastic fan response, the Moka Efti Orchestra became an actual entity. The ensemble started to tour and perform their hits from the show's soundtrack with vocalist, and series actor Severija Janusauskaitė aka SEVERIJA.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2021
Lucy St Louis will play 'Christine Daaé' and Rhys Whitfield will play 'Raoul'. They join the previously announced double Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as 'The Phantom'.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2021
The 2021 “Broadway In The Finger Lakes” season will open with 42nd Street -- a tap extravaganza that tells the story of Broadway struggling to survive during a crisis – the Great Depression -- and a young new star in a new show determined to reignite the lights of Broadway and the careers of its company.  
by Student Blogger: Liam Joshua Munn - Apr 26, 2021
There is something really exciting about a Brand New Musical Theatre Program in New York City - Welcome to the Manhattan School of Music's New Musical Theatre Degree! I had the pleasure of speaking with Liza Gennaro, the Associate Dean and Director of the Musical Theatre Program at MSM. MSM has produced several quarantine musicals over the last year, including Rupert Holmes's The Mystery of Edwin Drood!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2021
We've rounded up some of the top productions on stage this summer! Find something near you to see using our comprehensive guide below!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2021
Casting has been announced for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of WAITRESS opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 4 September 2021. The show will star Lucie Jones as 'Jenna', Sandra Marvin as 'Becky', Evelyn Hoskins as 'Dawn' and Busted's Matt Willis as 'Dr Pomatter'. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2021
The Hermitage Artist Retreat will present “From Creation to Production: Where it All Begins,” a talk with Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, Friday, April 23, 6 p.m., on the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.
by Hayley Westwood - Apr 20, 2021
After 16 months waiting for opening night, the cast of THE MUSIC MAN sings louder than 76 trombones in a big parade.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
The theatre has also announced its new streaming partner, Broadway on Demand; which will be the streaming platform for the production of The Taming.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Berkshire Theatre Group has announced immersive outdoor experiences for summer 2021, with a casting sneak-peek. BTG will be releasing a complete season cast announcement at a later date. Berkshire Theatre Group will work in adherence with government guidelines and corresponding health and safety officials.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
The virtual edition of Broadway Backwards delivered an emotional and exuberant evening of performances and raised a record $749,555 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2021
PRO kicks off the Vogel Summer Concert Series which APAC is presenting on Wednesday nights throughout the summer in Asbury Park.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2021
The live-broadcast event, the FIRST COLORS Ceremony, featured a special performance by the Off Broadway cast of THE HELLO GIRLS and took place in Washington, DC on Friday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 a.m. PDT. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2021
Chance Theater has announced that the Orange County premiere of Neil Bertram and Brian Hill’s musical, The Story of My Life will be the first show in their 23rd Anniversary Season. The musical is directed by Matthew McCray (The Other Place), with music direction by Robyn Manion (Ragtime).
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2021
The Festival will welcome back 4 world-class orchestras - the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic & seven leading conductors, including Jaap van Zweden, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Fabio Luisi, to perform live concerts held safely outdoors for in-person audiences.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2021
The Morris Museum has announced its return to regular opening hours, beginning Wednesday, April 14. Opening hours for the general public will be 11:00AM – 5:00PM, Wednesday through Sunday.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2021
The new hires will succeed Operations Manager James McClellan, who stepped down during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will join current staff members John Pecano, Technical Director, Sarah Jane Demetruk, Education Director, and Merle Ford, Maintenance Manager.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2021
In this Season Three finale episode, Tony Award-nominee turned psychotherapist, Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, Big Fish) sits down with podcast host Allison Sheff (Smokey Joe’s Café) to discuss artists’ changing identities and social anxiety in the rehearsal room.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2021
Lyric Theatre’s 2021 season will continue next week with the opening of the sinfully funny hit musical Nunsense, presented outdoors April 21 through May 9, at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Nunsense follows the misadventures of five nuns who are trying to manage a fundraiser.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2021
Hosted by award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, the 75-minute program will pay tribute to America's role in WWI and highlight our national unity with military fanfare, guest appearances by notable participants from across the country and musical performances including a special excerpt from the Off Broadway musical THE HELLO GIRLS.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2021
Spring brings blooms and playing outdoors and this year, includes music from Broadway as well as bird songs. Possum Point Players open the 2021 season with 'Broadway Springs Back' performed on their new outdoor stage.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2021
WESTERWYNNE is a whimsical work exploring the new normal after the pandemic. A fox's love for a chicken inadvertently causes him to lead an entire group through a dark tunnel to the mecca of Westerwynne, creating lasting change for them all.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2021
Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage will present Tru, a witty and down-to-earth one-man play about one of America's most brilliant writers, Truman Capote. The show allows for audiences to experience Capote's over-the-top public personality while also pulling back the curtain and revealing the toll his life and work took on him.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2021
TheaterWorks Hartford in partnership with Goodspeed Musicals announced today that CHRISTIANE NOLL: COMING ALIVE AGAIN will stream on demand May 9 through 30, 2021.  A thoughtful, moving and funny concert experience exploring themes of motherhood and complex women, through the lens of a Broadway artist navigating a crazy Covid-paralyzed world.