Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty based on a 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow.
Turn back the clock to the start of the 20th century--a time when anything was possible and ragtime music was king! For many, 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. One by one, their personal journeys come alive as historic figures offer guidance and diversion--among them escape artist Harry Houdini, auto tycoon Henry Ford, famed educator Booker T. Washington, and chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit. Together, their stories celebrate the struggle between tradition and independenceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ black and whiteÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ old and newÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ all in pursuit of the American dream. With its cast of vibrant characters, vivid sets and costumes, and Tony AwardÃ¢â‚¬â€œwinning score, Ragtime is a can't-miss theater event.