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A nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America, Ragtime is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel. The musical intertwines the stories of a Harlem musician, a wealthy New York family and a Latvian Jewish immigrant, and poignantly explores history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. Featuring a Tony Award winning book by Terrence McNally, and a Tony Award winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Ragtime combines diverse fictional characters with several famous figures of the era to create a stirring musical portrayal of turn-of-the 20th century America. With a score as diverse as the Melting Pot of America, it draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music and yearning lyrics of the immigrants, Vaudeville's outrageous style, and Joplin and Jazz to evoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem.

Show Details

  • Running Time:2hr 15min (1 intermission)
  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:
    Apollo Theater, Chicago