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Ragtime - 2003 - West End

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 Stage Tube - Jan 6, 2021
In the first part of a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse, Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO string quintet give an at-home performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'You'll Never Walk Alone' from Carousel.
by BWW Staff - Jan 6, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Central Pennsylvania Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade!
by BWW Staff - Jan 6, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Charlotte Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
In the first part of a collaboration between the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Paper Mill Playhouse, Broadway veteran Rema Webb and an NJSO string quintet give an at-home performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel tonight, January 5, at 7 pm.
by BWW Staff - Jan 5, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Arkansas Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
'Welcome one and all, all of you broken souls...to the Inferno' Infernal is a rock musical based on Dante's Inferno that explores consequences, remorse, and our own inescapable demons. Drawing from Dante's text, the Bible, Catholic Tradition, and Jewish Mysticism, in this coming of age story, heaven and hell are made human.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
The up-and-coming Virtual Stage Company has released a series of six 'show-stopping' numbers from hit Broadway shows, all available to stream on YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2021
The Valentine Theatre will celebrate its 125th Opening Night Anniversary (December 25, 1895 - December 25, 2020) on Valentine's Day, Sunday, February 14, 2021 with a virtual fundraising concert featuring Seth Rudetsky and Ana Gasteyer.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2021
Michael Anthony Theatrical has announced its latest cabaret, 'The Music of: RENT, A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary.' This virtual performance art will be streamed on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00PM EST on Michael Anthony Theatrical's Official YouTube channel.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2021
Mandy Patinkin made an appearance on the NPR podcast 'Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!' where he talked about his career, his newly found success on TikTok, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2021
Signature Theatre has released the ninth episode of The Signature Show, a free half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and memories of Signature’s past and a glimpse into its future.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2021
Did you know that it was Jewish composers who wrote some of your favorite songs? Whether it was Take Me Out to the Ball Game or Over the Rainbow, Piano Man or Send in the Clowns, to Da Doo Ron Ron or Hold On, some of the best-known songs ever written were written by Jewish composers. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2021
The DreamWeek 2021 summit’s theme is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In a world of increasingly global connectivity, there is a need for education, learning and revelation of the voices that have (and are) directing our paths to enlightenment, peace and the “beloved community.'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2021
The Broadway Sinfonietta and music director Macy Schmidt teamed up with Broadway’s Shoba Narayan (Hamilton, Wicked), director Sammi Cannold (Evita at City Center, Ragtime on Ellis Island), and more to create “Here Comes the Change,” a music video celebrating the election of Vice President Kamala Harris on the eve of the inauguration.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2021
As the world catches glimpses of a return to normalcy and dares to imagine a time when we can once again gather together in our theatre spaces, The Old Globe will produce a hybrid of digital and in-person offerings that encompasses a broad range of thrilling theatre created by a diverse group of major talents.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2021
Today we celebrate Ragtime the Musical, which opened on Broadway on this day in 1998. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2021
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) continues its 2020/21 season of TSO On Demand concerts with two Masterworks programs: Beethoven Septet (February 12–March 4) and Vivaldi's Four Seasons (March 12–April 1). Concertmaster Jonathan Crow curated both programs. Tickets for both Beethoven Septet and Vivaldi's Four Seasons go on sale on January 19, 2021.
by Stephen Mosher - Jan 18, 2021
Like a Mona Lisa of song, Linda Purl and her music are works of art to be enjoyed, as long as you don't mind a little mystery. Of course, it's the mystery that makes the woman and work so intoxicating.
by BWW Staff - Jan 15, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Washington DC Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2021
Be An #ArtsHero has announced “Dear Mr. President and Madam Vice President,” a nationwide letter writing campaign, organized in partnership with The Dramatists Guild of America, imploring the incoming administration to prioritize commitment to the Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and streaming dates for Simply Sondheim, the first production in the Signature Features 2021 Season. Starring 12 singers and an orchestra of 16, Simply Sondheim includes over 30 songs from the composer’s canon, and was filmed over the course of three days.
by Student Blogger: Michael Scuotto - Jan 14, 2021
For as long as I can remember, I’ve turned to music, and more specifically musical theatre, to help me sort out my feelings.
by BWW Staff - Jan 14, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW Staff - Jan 14, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade! 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2021
Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California, presents You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman, a virtual musical revue honoring the genius responsible for the Broadway classics Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles and many more, now through February 7, 2021 on PlayhouseLive.
by BWW Staff - Jan 12, 2021
Winners have been announced for the 2020 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrating the best in local theatre of the past decade!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2021
Portland Center Stage has hired Kamilah Bush as its new literary manager following a nationwide search. Bush is currently working remotely from North Carolina and will move to Portland in February. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2021
Broadway Records announced today the release of the Grammy Award-winning recording of THE COLOR PURPLE as a double record set printed on purple vinyl. It will be available on February 5, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2021
Winter 2021 offerings include an arts education series for children in five languages, monthly Jazz Jams, an outdoor community art exhibition, programs celebrating the Lunar Year, a three-part Black History Month series featuring Broadway performers, and professional development workshops and Zoom hangs for artists.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2021
Here's everything you need to know about the cast and creatives of Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 31, 2020
Today's top stories: check out our guide to Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, Seth Rudetsky chats with Richard Ridge on Backstage Live, read our interview with Brian Stokes Mitchell, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2020
During the ongoing pandemic, musical engagement can be uplifting, especially for older adults. As the long winter continues, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation's largest choral organization for adults over 55, remains committed to keeping the older population singing and learning.
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2020
Asolo Rep rings in the holiday season with We Need a Little Christmas, a holiday concert under the stars perfect for the whole family. The performance runs through January 3.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 30, 2020
On New Year's Eve, PBS will air the musical special 'United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America.' BroadwayWorld had the pleasure of speaking with Broadway's own Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performs 'Make Them Hear You' and 'Wheels of a Dream' from 'Ragtime' as part of the special. He told us about recording in a pandemic, recovering from COVID-19, and his work as chairman of The Actors Fund.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2020
The Actors Fund today announced the release of the “Make Them Hear You / Grateful” video to raise funds for their programs and services. The video features Jelani Alladin, Chuck Cooper, André De Shields, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry and Billy Porter.
by Marina Kennedy - Dec 28, 2020
Broadwayworld New Jersey has kept their readers in the know in 2020. We are proud to have continued our interviews, reviews, and performance announcements including all the ones that have been streaming. Check out some of the articles that our team has made possible. We all look forward to great entertainment in 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2020
“In 1902 Father built a house at the crest of the Broadway Avenue hill in New Rochelle, New York.”