Directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti, who played Harry Houdini in the original Broadway production, Ragtime mixes historical and fictional characters to unpredictably and undeniably move you, making you rethink what it means to grasp for the American dream.
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Directed by Jim Corti. Book by Terrence McNally. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow.
How far would you go for the American dream? For your family to have a better life?
It’s the early 1900s — the age of ragtime, a new music that is electrifying the country. But beneath the pounding of piano keys is a white, affluent New Rochelle family in crisis, a black piano player from Harlem trying to win back the love of his life while fighting a tragic injustice and a Latvian Jewish immigrant artist determined to give his child a new life in America. Three different families making their way through tumultuous times in a country still experiencing growing pains.
Set amidst a backdrop of class struggle and racial prejudice, Ragtime reconstructs an era of hard-fought hope and change, whether some want it or not.