White Plains Performing Arts Center presents a new series, Broadway in Concert, featuring exciting concert presentations of the world's most beloved theatre musicals staged by and starring some of NYC's finest talent. As the inaugural production, WPPAC is presenting the epic 1998 Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne. The musical features a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on the novelof the same name by E.L. Doctorow. Ragtime paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America. It interweaves three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the Melting Pot of America that it seeks to recreate. It draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music and yearning lyrics of the immigrants, Vaudeville's outrageous style to capture the spectacle of Evelyn Nesbit, and Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit of Harlem.