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Ragtime

The Musical!
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Helen Jung

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Ragtime

Ragtime
The Musical Book by Terrence McNally
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty

Based on 1975 novel by E.L.Doctorow Stephen Flaherty Ahrens and Flaherty met in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and collaborated together since 1983.

Some notable works include:
"Bedazzled"
"The Emperor's New Clothes".
Seussical (based on the works of Dr. Seuss - Broadway 2000)
Film Score for Anastasia


December 8, 1996 - World Premiere
opened at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto

January 18, 1998 - Broadway
directed by Frank Galati
choreographed by Graciela Daniele

January 16, 2000 - Closed
after 834 performances
not financially successful (Livent, Inc. within one year)
$11 million budget including fireworks and working Model T
mixed reviews / front runner for Best Musical at the Tonys
(overshadowed by Disney's Lion King)

November 15,2009 - Broadway Revival at Neil Simon Theatre

January 10. 2010 - Closed
after 28 previews and 65 performances
significant weekly running cost (but popular with regional theatre groups)

1998 Tony Award® Best Musical nominee
1998 Tony Award® Best Book of a Musical
1998 Tony Award® Best Original Musical Score
1998 Tony Award® Best Actor in a Musical nominees
- Peter Friedman (Tateh) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Coalhouse)
1998 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical nominee
- Marin Mazzie (Mother)
1998 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Musical
- Audra McDonald (Sarah)

1998 Tony Award® Best Scenic Design nominee
1998 Tony Award® Best Costume Design nominee
1998 Tony Award® Best Lighting nominees
1998 Tony Award® Best Choreography nominee
1998 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
1998 Tony Award® Best Orchestrations
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical

1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Orchestrations
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lyrics
1998 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Music
http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=4843
http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000228
http://theoscarsite.com/whoswho8/ahrens_l.htm
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/135790-Say-Goodbye-to-Music-The-Era-of-Ragtime-Ends-Jan-10
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showevent&event=TJTSF Lynn Ahrens Chronology of the Musical Father, Mother, and Tateh singing a trio called "Journey On." After a picnic, Sarah and Coalhouse dream of traveling the world when the baby gets old enough ("Wheels of a Dream"). Coalhouse initially refuses to listen to Washington's assertions that he's significantly set back civil rights and will be responsible for his group's collective death, but finally returns to sanity when Washington mentions that Coalhouse is leaving his son a legacy of murder and lies ("Look What You've Done"). Tateh comforts the Little Girl with a flipbook of her ice-skating. Tateh realizes that he has invented a lucrative product when a man purchases it, and becomes hopeful that he might yet be successful ("Gliding"). List of Awards Works Cited
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