Project Description

The epic tale of three families caught in the cross currents of a changing century and the conflicts of the American dream. Adapted from E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel.

RAGTIME features a score by Ahrens + Flaherty and book by Terrence McNally. The original production arrived on Broadway in 1998, directed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele.

WINNER of 4 TONY AWARDS including BEST SCORE to Ahrens and Flaherty and BEST BOOK to Terrence McNally

WINNER of 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS including BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK

WINNER of the OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD for BEST BROADWAY MUSICAL

WINNER of 7 DORA AWARDS (Canada’s Tony) including BEST MUSICAL

WINNER of 8 L.A. OVATION AWARDS including BEST MUSICAL

NOMINATED for 13 TONY AWARDS

NOMINATED for TWO GRAMMY AWARDS for BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

NOMINATED for 8 OLIVIER AWARDS (London’s Tony), including BEST MUSICAL

World Premiere, at The North York Center, Toronto, December 9, 1996.

Broadway Premiere, at The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, January 18, 1998.

London Premiere, at the Piccadilly Theatre, March 8, 2003

“A Triumph for the Stage!”

-Time Magazine

“The Best Musical in Twenty Years.”

-International Herald Tribune

A colossal hit, firing on all cylinders.

-New York Post

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Photos by Catherine Ashmore

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Show Credits

Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Produced by Livent (U.S.) Inc.

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow
Music orchestrated by William David Brohn
Musical Director: David Loud
Dance music arranged by David Krane
Vocal arrangements by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Frank Galati
Musical Staging by Graciela Daniele
Production Design by Eugene Lee
Costume Design by Santo Loquasto
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Projection Design by Wendall K. Harrington
General Manager: Frank P. Scardino; Company Manager: Jim Brandeberry; Livent Sr. VP, Production: Frank P. Scardino
Technical Director/Production Manager: Peter W. Lamb
Production Stage Manager: Randall Whitescarver
Stage Manager: Dean R. Greer
Musical Supervisor: Jeffrey Huard
Musical Coordinator: John Monaco
Conducted by David Loud
Concert Master: Paul Woodiel
Violin: Blair Lawhead, Cecelia Hobbs Gardner, Chris Cardona, Lesa Terry and Ella Rutkovsky
Viola: Susan Follari and Richard Clark
Cello: Jenny Langham and Vivian Israel
Bass: Bob Renino
Flute/Piccolo: Brian Miller
Clarinet/E. Flat Clarinet: Owen Kotler
Oboe/English Horn: Bill Meredith
Flute/Alto Sax/Soprano Sax/ Bass Clarinet: Vincent DellaRocca
Trumpet: Jeffrey Kievit and Christian Jaudes
French Horns: Paul Riggio and Lisa Pike
Trombone: Charles Gordon and Dean Plank
Tuba/Baritone Horn: Earl McIntyre
Synthesizer I: Steve Marzullo
Associate Conductor/Synthesizer II: James Moore
Drums: Marty Morell; Percussion: Bruce Doctor
Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin: Greg Utzig
Harp: Pattee Cohen
Music Contractor: Susan Follari
Magic Illusions by Franz Harary
Casting: Beth Russell and Arnold Mungioli
New York Press Representative: Mary Bryant and Wayne Wolfe
General Press Representative: Ian Rand
Dance Captain: Keith LaMelle Thomas
Fight direction by Joe Bostick; Additional fight staging by B. H. Barry
Logo Design by Scott Thornley & Company, Inc.
Livent Sr. VP, Creative Affairs: Marty Bell
Promotions: Keith Hurd;
Photographer: Catherine Ashmore

Peter Friedman  Tateh
Mark Jacoby  Father
Marin Mazzie  Mother
Audra McDonald  Sarah
Brian Stokes Mitchell Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Jim Corti  Harry Houdini
Tommy Hollis  Booker T. Washington
Judy Kaye  Emma Goldman
Lynnette Perry  Evelyn Nesbit
Steven Sutcliffe  Mother’s Younger Brother
Shaun Amyot  Ensemble
Darlene Bel Grayson  Ensemble
Kevin Bogue  Stanford White/ Ensemble
Sondra M. Bonitto  Ensemble
Rod Campbell  Admiral Peary/Reporter/Ensemble
Jamie Chandler-Torns Ensemble
Larry Daggett  Henry Ford /Policeman/Town Hall Bureaucrat
Ralph Deaton  Ensemble
Rodrick Dixon  Ensemble
Bernard Dotson  Ensemble
Donna Dunmire  Ensemble
Adam Dyer  Ensemble
Duane Martin Foster Matthew Henson/Black Lawyer/ Gang Member/Ensemble
Patty Goble  Ensemble
Colton Green  Harry K. Thaw/Policeman/Ensemble
Elisa Heinsohn  Ensemble
Anne Kanengeiser  Kathleen/2nd Bureaucrat/Welfare Official/ Ensemble
Jeffrey Kuhn  Reporter/Fireman/Clerk/ Ensemble
Keith LaMelle Thomas Pas de Deux/Ensemble
Joe Langworth  Ensemble
Joe Locarro  Conductor/Ensemble
Conrad McLaren  Grandfather/Foreman
Lea Michele  The Little Girl
David Mucci  Willie Conklin
Anne L. Nathan  Brigit/Baron’s Assistant/Ensemble
Panchali Null  Ensemble
Mike O’Carroll  J. P. Morgan/Judge
Mimi Quillin  Ensemble
Michael Redd  Little Coalhouse/Alternate
Monica L. Richards  Pas de Deux/Ensemble
Shane Rogers  Little Coalhouse/Alternate
Orgena Rose  Ensemble
Gordon Stanley  Trolley Conductor/Reporter/Charles S. Whitman/Ensemble
Alex Strange  The Little Boy
Angela Teek  Ensemble
Vanessa Townsell-Crisp Sarah’s Friend
Allyson Tucker  Ensemble
Leon Williams  Ensemble
Bruce Winant  Doctor/Dirty Old Man/Lawyer/Ensemble

Swings: Karen Andrew , John D. Baker , Mark Cassius , Albert Christmas , Dioni Michelle Collins , Mary Sharon Dziedzic , Valerie Hawkins , Kennl Hobson and Todd Thurston

Understudies: Darlene Bel Grayson (Sarah’s Friend), Sondra M. Bonitto (Sarah’s Friend), Rod Campbell (Father, Foreman, Trolley Conductor), Mark Cassius (Matthew Henson), Jamie Chandler-Torns (Evelyn Nesbit), Jim Corti(Tateh), Pierce Cravens (The Little Boy), Nicole Dos Santos (The Little Girl), Duane Martin Foster (Coalhouse Walker Jr., Booker T. Washington), Patty Goble (Mother), Colton Green (Harry Houdini, Charles S. Whitman), Valerie Hawkins(Emma Goldman, Brigit, Welfare Official, Baron’s Assistant), Elisa Heinsohn (Evelyn Nesbit), Anne Kanengeiser(Mother), Jeffrey Kuhn (Mother’s Younger Brother, Harry Houdini), Joe Langworth (Mother’s Younger Brother, Harry Houdini), Joe Locarro (Mother’s Younger Brother), Anne L. Nathan (Emma Goldman), Monica L. Richards (Sarah), Orgena Rose (Sarah), Angela Teek (Sarah), Todd Thurston (Father, Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, Grandfather, Admiral Peary, Charles S. Whitman), Leon Williams (Booker T. Washington) and Bruce Winant (Tateh, Henry Ford, Willie Conklin)