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Closed May 20, 2017

Ragtime masterfully investigates the nuances of the American Dream, conveying hope, opportunity and success, but also the ugly flipside of pain, division, confusion and violence.

Variety review of the 2009 Broadway revival

Why See Ragtime?

Ragtime is Back!

One of the most acclaimed musicals of modern times is back in a brand new touring production! The winner of four Tonys during its 1998 Broadway debut production, Ragtime is a grand diorama of early 20th Century American life, featuring appearances from some of the most important figures of the day, including Houdini and Henry Ford, and all shot through with the music of ragtime. It was most recently revived on The Great White Way in 2009, where it once again garnered glowing critical notices.

Terrence McNally (It's Only a Play) penned the book, while music and lyrics come courtesy of Stephen Flaherty (Seussical) and Lyn Ahrens (Rocky The Musical) respectively. Catch this toe-tapping and epic musical when it plays Fords Theater in Washington, DC, Closed May 20, 2017.

What is Ragtime About?

Ragtime paints a picture of American life at the beginning of the 20th century, by weaving together the stories of three separate and very different families. There's the upper class white Protestant family living in New York, the African-American family headed by ragtime musician Coalhouse Walker Jr. and the poor European migrants Tateh and his daughter, who arrive at Ellis Island looking for a better life. This patchwork of characters cross paths and overlap with each other in surprising ways, their seemingly disparate strands coming together in a profound depiction of the American experience.

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Opening night: 14 March 2017


Recommended for ages 10+

Cast and Creative


Book by Terence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lyn Ahrens

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2 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Rebecca : “Fantastic ”

I saw Rag Time in Boston 1998, this is an outstanding performance and most... more

Anonymous: “MAGNIFICENT!”


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