At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. In telling the story, the show also weaves in historical figures such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington and Henry Ford. Ragtime is a musical by composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens and book writer Terrence McNally. It is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow. This local production is directed by Reggie Guyton, along with vocal director Nicole Pittman and choreographer Montel Morgan. Reserved seating is $20, lawn seating is $13 and free for children age 5 and under.
Ragtime the Musical
June 17-19 and June 22-26, 8:30 p.m.
815 E. Lake Drive