"World, Take Me Back": 12 Musicals Due for a Broadway Revival

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02 Aug 2014

Judy Kuhn in Rags.
photo by Carol Rosegg

11. Rags

Rags was a particularly disastrous flop in its original 1986 incarnation, but I would suggest that perhaps this was a function of the (notoriously troubled) production and not flaws intrinsic to the piece itself. For starters, Rags is another flop with a score to be cherished—Charles Strouse's sweeping melodies deftly integrate operatic, klezmer, ragtime and pop sounds into genuinely theatrical, exciting and beautiful musical numbers. The story of immigrants to the United States is of perennial interest. The show needs a strong director, to be sure, but with the right talent involved, I think Rags would have a shot.


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