Ragtime: Musical Info & Synopsis


Synopsis:

Ragtime weaves together the lives of three diverse families in the early 20th century. Set against the backdrop of historical events, the story follows the upper-class suburban family of Mother, the talented Black pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant. Their lives become entwined as they navigate issues of race, class, and immigration, all while the world around them is undergoing profound changes. Ragtime captures the essence of a transformative period in American history.


Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1900s, 1910s / USA (New Jersey, NYC)


Creative Team

Music: Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens

Book: Terrence McNally


Cast Albums

Studio Cast (1996)➝

Original Broadway Cast (1998)➝

Broadway Cast (2009)➝


Resources

Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


Tags

1990s, America, Based on a Book, Black History, Canadian Premiere, Child RolesDarkDramaticFamilyHistorical, Immigration, Narrator, One-Word, Popular, Sports, Sung-Through


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