Please note that our legacy shows don’t align with current production quality standards. Furthermore, these legacy shows are exclusively available through Stage|Tracks Lite, a limited playback tool. While Stage|Tracks Lite supports essential playback functionalities, it does not include the advanced features present in our more recent playback systems. Users might experience limitations in performance and usability with this tool.



“Ragtime” is a powerful musical that weaves together the lives of three diverse families in early 20th-century America, exploring the intersections of race, class, and culture during a time of significant societal change. At the heart of the story is Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Black pianist who faces relentless racial injustice, which culminates in a violent stand after his beloved Model T Ford is vandalized by bigots. Parallel to Coalhouse’s story are those of an upper-class white family from New Rochelle, whose matriarch becomes increasingly involved with the emerging social justice movements after encountering Sarah, Coalhouse’s fiancée and mother of his child, and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant artist struggling to survive and provide for his daughter in the tenements of the Lower East Side.

As these characters’ lives intertwine, “Ragtime” addresses intense themes of injustice, compassion, and the pursuit of the American dream, all set to a vibrant score that blends ragtime rhythms with traditional musical theater. The narrative reaches a crescendo with historical figures such as Emma Goldman, Booker T. Washington, and Harry Houdini intersecting with the fictional characters, enriching the tapestry of the story and highlighting the tumultuous changes of the era. The musical ultimately leaves its audience with a reflection on the resilience of the human spirit and the continuous, though often challenging, evolution towards a more equitable society.



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