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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 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 BWW Awards - Jan 7, 2022
Winners have been announced for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards. The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 7, 2022
Signature Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for Daphne’s Dive, a play by Quiara Alegría Hudes, which will reopen Signature’s ARK Theater for live performances from February 1 – March 20, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 7, 2022
he Green Room 42 has announced their January line-up for in-person performances in addition to launching reWINEd, a new streaming series where you can rewatch some favorite recent shows paired with at-home drink recommendations from each artist. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2022
The Hermitage Artist Retreat brings the next installment of its “Artists & Thinkers” series to Longboat Key with “Theater Today: Process & Production,” a conversation with Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy (Hadestown; The Inheritance; Little Shop of Horrors). This event will be held outdoors on Friday, February 25th at 5:30pm, at the Town Center of Longboat Key, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 6, 2022
Celebration Theatre Co. will kick off its 2022 Season with TWISTED THE 3RD, the latest in the company's series of 'miscast' cabarets, at The Abbey on Thursday, January 20, at 8pm.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 6, 2022
Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount will present ANASTASIA from January 25 – 30.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 5, 2022
The Kennedy Center announced a star-studded lineup of Broadway and Kennedy Center favorites coming together for two performances only on February 11 and 12, 2022 in the Kennedy Center Opera House to celebrate 50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 4, 2022
Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, proudly presents the groundbreaking musical, “Next to Normal” as the first show in its 24th Anniversary Season. Directed by Matthew McCray with music direction by Stephen Hulsey, “Next to Normal” will run January 28 - February 27, 2022 on the Cripe Stage at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 3, 2022
FSCJ Artist Series will welcome a fabulous lineup of entertainment from Broadway and beyond to this Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in 2022!
by Stephi Wild - Jan 2, 2022
One of the first questions many people have when they're planning for an audition is 'what should I sing?' Look no further! We're rounding up a list of some of the top classic Broadway audition songs for adults.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 18, 2022
Nick Rashad Burroughs, who currently stars as Ike Turner in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, will present a brand new concert experience, “Groove Machine Live,” featuring songs from his Pop Smash Radio Award-nominated EP “Groove Machine” and more, for one-night-only on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 8:00 PM at The Cutting Room NYC.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 18, 2022
The Random Farms Kids' Theater will present Seussical at The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, January 28 –30, 2022. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 17, 2022
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents 'As You Like It,' one of the most beloved Shakespearean comedies, filmed at the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Directed by Tia James in her PlayMakers directorial debut, the film streams January 8 to 21, 2022.
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 15, 2022
Tis the season for bundling up and hunkering down. 2022 has begun and winter has officially arrived. As the temperatures drop and the winds of winter howl, have your very own Broadway snow day with these 25 songs that celebrate snow, ice, and all things winter!
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 14, 2022
For one night only, Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell will dazzle audiences with his signature velvety baritone, performing live as part of the Lesher Center for the Arts' thrilling “Headliners” series.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 14, 2022
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “Stick Fly,” Lydia R. Diamond's dramedy exploring the timeless theme of family ties that challenge, delight, and frustrate, all because they are so essential to who we are.
by BWW Awards - Jan 13, 2022
Winners have been announced for the 2021 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards. The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2022
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, written by Clarke Peters, with music and lyrics by Louis Jordan, will run at Playhouse on Park from January 26 - February 27, 2022. Directed and Choreographed by Brittney Griffin. Associate Choreographer: Darius Barnes. Music Direction by Dexter Pettaway.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2022
 'The Joe Hill Revival,' is a new musical that brings back to life the story of labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill, framed up and executed by the state of Utah in 1915. This will be an encore one-night-only performance at the Triad Theater in Manhattan on Sunday, February 6, 2-4pm.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2022
This February, Flushing Town Hall celebrates Black History Month with the return of its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series featuring outstanding performers paying tribute to influential African-American musicians, entertainers, and musical traditions.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 11, 2022
New dates have been postponed for the upcoming performance of Anastasia in Calgary. The show will now come to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium from February 28-March 5.
by Stephi Wild - Jan 10, 2022
Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015. She received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America's highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 29, 2021
This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 29, 2021
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar® nominated film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is an intimate coming-of-age story set in rural Georgia and told through a rich helping of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 29, 2021
The world-renowned ensemble Canadian Brass returns to Popejoy Hall on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 3:00 pm for a delightful afternoon of music, spontaneity, and fun.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 28, 2021
Set your alarm to see Groundhog Day: The Musical, based on the classic Bill Murray film comedy, because the forecast calls for Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti to direct another signature blockbuster musical comedy.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 28, 2021
Brief Cameo Productions has announced the cancellation of its planned production of The Last Five Years, scheduled for January 8 and 9, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2021
THE DJANGO, downtown Manhattan’s premier jazz club, will continue to host today’s jazz legends and rising stars. On February 3, The Django celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Brooklyn-based record label, La Reserve, with special performances by the label’s artists.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 27, 2021
The York Theatre Company has announced the final seven performances of Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld South Bend Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Nashville Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2021
The Music Man officially begins previews tonight on Broadway! Meet the cast bringing the iconic musical back to the stage!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2021
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination - Jojo.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Nashville Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld South Bend Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Jim Munson - Dec 17, 2021
BroadwayWorld talks to lyricist Adam Gwon and TheatreWorks Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli about their collaboration with Montalvo Arts Center on the development of the new musical 'Alice Bliss.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 17, 2021
Pushcart Players, New Jersey’s Emmy nominated and award-winning touring theater for young audiences has added a week of virtual performances of “Holiday Tales - A Season of Miracles” in on-line presentations through December 31st.
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 16, 2021
Lyric Fest presents three performances of Yiddishe Nightingale, a special concert on the history of the American Yiddish Theater, on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00pm at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA; Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7:00pm at Adath Israel in Merion Station, PA; and Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 4:00pm at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD.