Rags: Musical Info & Synopsis


Rags tells the story of a group of immigrants who are arriving to America in the early 20th century, particularly focusing on a young woman named Rebecca. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, 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, Original, Summer

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