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Ragtime - 1998 - Broadway

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.


Ford Center for the Performing Arts

(New York, NY)
213 W. 42nd St.

Ragtime Broadway Cast


by Jim Munson - Sep 9, 2020
Ah, just when we need it the most, here is the perfect tonic for our troubled times! The Marsh is bringing comedic legend Geoff Hoyle in his latest work, What Will I Be When You Grow Up?, to a small screen near you. Presented on Saturday, September 12th at 7:30PM PDT, the show will be followed by a live post-performance discussion. Visit The for more information. Born and raised in England before coming to America in the 1970a??s, Hoyle has had a fascinating career and at this point has become a veritable Bay Area institution. After first coming to local attention as part of the Pickle Family Circus, he went on to perform with Cirque du Soleil, create the role of Zazu in the original Broadway company of The Lion King, act in plays at virtually all the major Bay Area theater companies, and create numerous solo shows, many of them at The Marsh. BroadwayWorld recently caught up with Hoyle by phone from his home in Inverness, California.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
Mandy Patinkin and his wife Kathryn Grody take a series of pop culture quizzes. Can they tell the difference between the Friends and Seinfeld theme songs? Can they keep up with the lingo of today's youth? Watch below to find out!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
Today (September 8) in live streaming: A Be More Chill reunion, Karen Olivo in concert, and so much more!
by TV News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
Stick Figure Entertainment, in association with American Masters Pictures, is proud to announce Twyla Moves (w.t.), a feature documentary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
Patton Daye Slater Productions announced today that Tony Award-winning producer, Obie Award-winning actor and renowned director Tamara Tunie (Julius Caesar on Broadway with Denzel Washington, 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit') has signed on to direct the company's New York-bound musical drama Love & Southern D!scomfort.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel recently reopened its doors and on Tuesday 15th September at 9.30pm 'The Crazy Coqs Presents' return with their monthly concert series of shows each with a different musical theme, presented by lyricist Mark Robert Petty and with Musical Direction by Tom Knowles.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2020
Those summer days may have drifted away, but oh- autumn has arrived! Labor Day usually triggers the official start of the fall theatre season, and while the lights of Broadway will remain dark for the rest of 2020,  you can still celebrate your day off with showtunes.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2020
Gary Van Miert is a local cult figure in his area of the country. Known for looking as if he stole his clothing from Ernest Tubbs closet, the singer-songwriter, musician and all around entertainer honed his skills playing the nightclubs of New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2020
Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff and a generous grant from the Jeniam Foundation and Arts Memphis, will continue to offer its patrons digital content through the Fall, in response to current COVID-19 opening protocols.  
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2020
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced its fall schedule of classes and workshops are now open for registration. Classes will be held online via Zoom or in-person in outdoor and social-distanced settings, and vary from on-camera acting workshops, to musical theater reading clubs, to performances of Shakespeare. For additional information, contact Director of Education Allen O'Reilly at
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
MONDAYS For BIDEN, a group conceived by Broadway's Jeffrey 'Shecky' Schecter, announces their virtual fundraising event 'DANCING For DEMOCRACY' on Monday October 5th at 9:00pm EST.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
On September 30, 2020 at 8 pm EDT, the stars of Broadway, TV, film, dance, and opera unite for a night of celebration of the Golden Age of Musical Theatre to raise money for The Facing History School.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce two online workshops, Acting For The Camera with Don Stephenson and Musical Theater Club: Reading Ragtime! with Marcia Milgrom Dodge are open for registration.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
Christopher McIntyre (a?oeSuccessiona??) and Rob Carroll (Black Mass) have joined the cast of this coming Friday's virtual reading of Geoffrey Naufft's NEXT FALL. Mr. McIntyre will play the role of Luke, with Mr. Carroll taking on the character of Butch.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
A special 'virtual concert' is planned to raise funds to benefit those affected by the August derecho storm that devastated areas of East Central Iowa. The Iowa Concert of Hope will air and stream on Thursday, October 1st at 7pm,
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2020
Alternative Theatre Los Angeles (ATLA) in association with LA Stage Alliance (LASA) presents a?oeTogether LA: A Virtual Stage Festivala?? celebrating the vibrant and diverse intimate theatre scene of the greater Los Angeles area.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2020
The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel, the premiere cabaret venue in the heart of the West End recently reopened its doors and on Tuesday 13th September at 9.30pm 'The Crazy Coqs Presents' return with their monthly concert series of shows each with a different musical theme, presented by lyricist Mark Robert Petty and with Musical Direction by Tom Knowles.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2020
Javier Muñoz (Hamilton), Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Erin Leddy (Crossroads), and Brandon Contreras (Almost Famous) will star in this coming Friday's virtual reading of Geoffrey Naufft's NEXT FALL.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2020
After selling out in just two hours, Sydney's most iconic cabaret night returns with a stellar lineup of local talent throughout October. Hosted by the inimitable Trevor Ashley, Showqueen returns socially distant, but still as fabulous as ever. Moving down the road to the Paddo RSL Showroom, we continue with new shows on Sunday 4, 11 and 25 October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
Maine State Music Theatre has announced its lineup for summer 2021, including Kinky Boots, Cinderella, The Color Purple, and Jersey Boys.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
Join Ogunquit Playhouse and Mainestreet nightclub on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00PM ET as they come together for their first online collaboration with Broadway Gives Back to the Playhouse, a free hour-long virtual benefit featuring Playhouse stars and Broadway veterans in a cabaret-style celebration of the historic Ogunquit Playhouse.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
Beginning this month, Goodspeed Musicals will offer robust performing arts education and training programs for students 7 years of age and older - all from the comfort and safety of home.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
For the fourth and final production in their 2020 Best Night Ever Online Virtual Season, Transcendence Theatre Company is pulling out all the stops and will present a night of unforgettable song and dance with their Annual Gala Musical Fundraiser, September 11th through 13th.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2020
The greatest creators of Broadway musicals know how best to wrap up an Act- in a major way. Some of the most hummable, memorable tunes in the musical theatre canon happen just before intermission, leaving an impression that sparks interest and anticipation for the show's conclusion.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 18, 2020
Today's top stories: What the Constitution Means to Me will come to Amazon Prime, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2020
Signature Theatre has announced the cast for At the Full Yum by Rahima R. Rice, the first of four readings in its 2020/21 SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Reading Series. The reading will be directed by Jared Shamberger and stars Valeka Jessica, Gary-Kayi Fletcher, Avery Michael Johnson and Jefferson A. Russell.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2020
Featuring new performers with every show, the weekly, award-winning Piano Bar Live! (PBL!) streams next on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:15 pm ET, with hosts Scott Barbarino and Michael Kirk Lane with A Night at The Beechman.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2020
As part of its resolute commitment to perform for GTA audiences, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is collaborating with CityView Drive-In for three live performances this October (7, 16 & 17).
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2020
ZACH Theatre has announced weekly Fall Concert Series 'Songs Under the Stars', October 15 through November 8.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
State Street Ballet will present an online performance of Chaplin on September 16.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Cincinnati Pops have announced detailed plans for seven Live From Music Hall concerts to be digitally streamed for free this autumn in lieu of live, in-person performances.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2020
What is a Broadway musical without a big, bold, belty closing number? Whether it's delivered as a last stand from the main character or a harmonious reprise from the full cast, musical finales have a reputation for  being some of the best songs in the musical theatre canon, so today, we're skipping right to the end.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2020
KPFK Radio's Arts in Review, Los Angeles's longest-running radio showcase on live theater and cabaret, airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK 90.7FM. On September 11, host Julio Martinez welcomes award-winning musical theater star, Jason Graae, discussing the 10th Anniverary Kritzerland Show, a live all-star cabaret concert, streaming for free on Facebook and YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2020
The CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in America, today announced an abbreviated schedule for its 51st series of classic films and cult favorites.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center welcomes Tiffani Gavin as its next Executive Director. Gavin helms the nationally-recognized, award-winning institution and leads its professional development programs for puppetry, plays, musicals, and cabaret, as well as the flagship undergraduate program, the National Theater Institute.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
Dying for a new diversion in the absence of live theatre? Look no further than Old Show Queens- a 13-episode web series that is streaming now!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
Theater Latté Da announces today that Kelli Foster Warder will be joining the company as Associate Artistic Director/Director of Impact. An artist and educator based in the Twin Cities, Foster Warder has been a teacher and an arts administrator for over 25 years.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
Casa Mañana's Reid Cabaret Theatre presents Queen of the Night: An Evening with Whitney September 29-October 3, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2020
Today (September 1) in live streaming: Smokey Joe's Cafe reunites on Stars in the House, Broadway Buskers continues, and so much more!
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 1, 2020
Musical theater and cabaret maestro Joe Kinosian has been busily creating new musicals - this time for the under-18 set.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2020
With a line-up that features world-class artists in music, dance, comedy, top-touring Broadway hits and more, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues its tradition of offering a diverse season with something for everyone.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2020
Milwaukee Rep has announced the first-ever virtual Curtain Call Ball on Friday, October 16 at 7pm CST. The online gathering will raise critical funds to help sustain the theater as a part of the Rep Rising Emergency Fund, celebrate Artistic Director Mark Clements' 10th Anniversary and uplift the community Milwaukee Rep serves.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2020
What have you been doing during the pandemic? New Line Theatre Artistic Director Scott Miller has been writing a collection of horror stories, all inspired by the musical theatre. Yes, you read that right.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2020
Bristol Riverside Theatre is bringing this year's 25 year-old Summer Music Fest to a close with a huge celebration of the music of Broadway. While Broadway itself is still dark, BRT brings local favorites and Broadway voices into your home for the theatre's annual Broadway Summer Spectacular.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2020
Deadline is reporting that Blitz Bazawule, director of the Beyonce feature Black Is King on Disney+ has signed on to direct the movie musical of the The Color Purple.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2020
Bristol Riverside Theatre brings this year's 25 year-old Summer Music Fest to a close with a huge celebration of the music of Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2020
Stars in the House continues today (8pm) with beloved Broadway composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty!
by Student Blogger: Brittany Davis - Aug 19, 2020
She currently (pre-pandemic) is the Angelica in the San Francisco Company of Hamilton, and made her Angelica debut in Puerto Rico with Lin Manuel-Miranda himself.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2020
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Founder/Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, continues its 2020 season with performances beginning tonight for the concert, The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein. Additional performances have been added to the 2020 season.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2020
A live band takes the stage.  That alone sounds like a bit of nostalgia for a pre-COVID era.