This great American musical returns to Los Angeles for its first major production in 20 years. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Ragtime, by playwright Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty, and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th century in pursuit of the American dream. The award-winning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
E.L. Doctorow's famous novel became the basis of one of the most revered musicals of the modern age. Ragtime begins with an unforgettable, sweeping, nine-minute opening number in which all strata of society of the early 20th century are introduced: immigrant Jews in their ghetto, successful rich protestants, and African-Americans. The show features a fictional African-American pianist, his child's mother, and a Latvian immigrant. These characters are eventually joined by a parade of historic figures, including Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, and even Harry Houdini. This much-appreciated and well-remembered musical is directed by David Lee.