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Ragtime

Audiences = 4.9


New in 2009
The 1998 musical based on E.L. Doctorow's epic novel is back on Broadway, in a well-received revival that originated at the Kennedy Center.
Closes January 3rd


The Broadway production of Ragtime closed January 10, 2010. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.


From the producers:

"Ragtime" turns back the clock to the dawn of the 20th century — a time when anything was possible and ragtime music filled the air. New York City was the land of opportunity. A poor Jewish immigrant sells his 'moving picture' books on the street. A wealthy Victorian couple welcomes a runaway into their home. A Harlem jazz pianist turns an issue of justice into a revolution. Together, their stories celebrate the struggle between tradition and independence all in pursuit of the American dream.

We can't recall a revival of a Broadway musical that occurred less than 10 years after the closing of the original production. But director/choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge's minimalist take on this big, sprawling show (very different from the lavish, high-budget original Broadway production) was warmly embraced by audiences in DC, which emboldened the show's producers to give the Great White Way another shot.

Broadway critics were mostly positive, with notices ranging from respectful to enthusiastic. Several reviewers noted that the excellent score shines in this smaller, simpler production, and Variety called the show "big-brain, bold-strokes musical-theater storytelling at its most vibrant."

Here's a one-minute montage, set to the show's stirring title song:

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