Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Peter Flynn
Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton, Jonathan Atkinson, Christopher Bloch, Felicia Curry, Rayanne Gonzales, James Konicek, Gregory Maheu, Justine “Icy” Moral, Christopher Mueller, Jefferson A. Russell, Stephen F. Schmidt, John Leslie Wolfe, Elan Zafir
Choreographer: Michael Bobbitt
Music Director: Christopher Youstra
Scenic Design: Milagros Ponce de León
Costume Design: Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Design: Rui Rita
Sound Design: David Budries
Projection Design: Clint Allen
Stage Manager: Craig A. Horness
First Performance March 10, 2017
Opening March 15, 2017
Final Performance May 20, 2017
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Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century.
As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed.
With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who’s who of 20th-century historical characters, “Ragtime” confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Peter Flynn (“1776,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.
Nelson Pressley – Washington Post
“Make them hear you,” goes the climactic chorus in the musical “Ragtime,” and the new production at Ford’s Theatre stirringly delivers on the kaleidoscopic show’s cries for justice. The setting is 1906, but the issues ring true throughout the 1998 musical’s crusading score.
Susan Galbraith – DC Theatre Scene
Ford’s has given us a magnificent and deeply moving musical about where we’ve come from, featuring, as its main character, America. The superbly attuned ensemble announces with full emotional authority that the stakes are high to resolve who we are as a people. As the character Coalhouse Walker Jr. and then the whole ensemble sing, we must hold up our banner and roll on “on the wheels of a dream.”
Heather Nadolny – Broadway World
We have heard stories along these lines countless times over the past several months, and the Ford’s Theatre timely production of RAGTIME hits all of their painful, resonant themes across multiple notes. DC audiences, this is the show we need right now.