Rags: Musical Info & Synopsis


Rags that tells the story of immigrants arriving in America in the early 20th century, particularly focusing on a young woman named Rebecca and her journey. Set against the backdrop of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the characters face challenges as they grapple with their pasts while trying to adapt to a new and often harsh reality. Rags delves into themes of identity, resilience, cultural assimilation, and the pursuit of the American Dream.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1986)

Cast Size: 16+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1910s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Book: Joseph Stein, David Thompson

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1991)➝

Original London Cast (2020)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1980s, America, Child RoleDramaticImmigration, Italy, One-Word, Summer

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