Three families’ lives collide at the dawn of the 20th century.

Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, this musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy white suburban family in turn-of-the-century America, who collide in pursuit of the American Dream. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards® including “Best Musical,” and winning for “Best Original Score” and “Best Book of a Musical,” Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life during the turn-of-the-century, exploring America’s timeless contradictions of freedom and prejudice, wealth and poverty, hope and despair.

Director

PAUL DAVID BRYANT

Music Director

BRIAN KENNEDY

Honorary Producer

MARI HOOPER

Associate Producers

JON & AMANDA HALL

Youth Performance Underwriters

DON BLACK & JUDY McNULTY BLACK

RON & SYLVIA HARTMAN

EDWARD PARKER

Book

TERRENCE MCNALLY

Composer

STEPHEN FLAHERTY

Lyrics

LYNN AHRENS

Running Time

APPROXIMATELY

2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

Synopsis: The lives of three families intertwine at the beginning of the 20th century. Life in America is changing. Ragtime tells of the experience of immigrants, African-Americans, and a wealthy family in the suburbs of New York. Social and racial conflicts rise to the surface as the lives of the characters become intertwined.

Theme: A changing world requires each group to adapt to a new way of life. Despite their differences, the characters’ lives become intertwined and display the changing world that America is becoming.

Language: Racial slurs used to describe African-Americans by white men in multiple scenes.

Smoking, Drinking, and Gambling: Some references

Violence: Fight scene at a train station, where a gun is fired. Hate crimes are inferred. A character is killed. Violence to seek justice is depicted. A character is shot.

For Which Audiences? Recommended for 6 th grade and higher due to material and violence.

Rating: If this was a movie, it would be rated PG-13.

Cast & Crew

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Reviews

[cl-review quote=”This brand new, spectacularly engrossing production bellows with an emotional fervor and is one of my favorite iterations of this musical I have seen in recent years.” author=”Michael Qunitos” occupation=”Broadway World” source=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.broadwayworld.com%2Flos-angeles%2Farticle%2FBWW-Review-Musical-Theatre-West-Revisits-the-Epic-RAGTIME-in-Grand-Splendor-20200214||target:%20_blank|” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″][cl-review quote=”Director Paul David Bryant stages the work seamlessly, simply, harmonizing the story’s harsh realities with its supernatural elements.” author=”Dany Margolies” occupation=”Orange County Register” source=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ocregister.com%2F2020%2F02%2F11%2Ftheater-review-ragtime-in-long-beach-hits-all-the-right-notes%2F||target:%20_blank|” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″][cl-review quote=”It also leaves us with the feeling that the future of musical theater will be safe in the hands of the youngest generation.” author=”Dany Margolies” occupation=”Long Beach Press-Telegram” source=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.presstelegram.com%2F2020%2F02%2F11%2Ftheater-review-ragtime-in-long-beach-hits-all-the-right-notes%2F||target:%20_blank|” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″][cl-review quote=”Powerhouse vocalists Brittany Anderson (Sarah) and Jessica Bernard (Mother) shine brightest in “Your Daddy’s Son” and “Goodbye, My Love/Journey On,” respectively. Everyone around me had chills as Anderson flexed her range, especially…. Gary Patent’s Tateh emotes with such depth, you’d think the fate of the world was at stake.” author=”Brett Ashley Hawkins” occupation=”Signal Tribune” source=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fsignaltribunenewspaper.com%2F47209%2Fculture%2Ftheatre-review-ragtime-at-musical-theatre-west%2F||target:%20_blank|” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″][cl-review quote=”The praises I have for Musical Theatre West’s ”Ragtime,” which opened Friday in at the Carpenter Center, are numerous and indisputable…. Terron Brooks (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.) a two-time NAACP Award nominee for supporting actor, brings a ferocity and heart that immediately endears you to his version of Coalhouse.” author=”Sean McMullen” occupation=”Gazette Newspapers” source=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gazettes.com%2Fentertainment%2Farts%2Freviews%2Fthe-showbuzz-ragtime%2Farticle_7b52aa1e-4c63-11ea-a1a3-a70eb35946db.html||target:%20_blank|” type=”quote” layout=”framed” italic=”1″]
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