Ragtime's Broadway Return Goes on Sale Aug. 15

News   Ragtime's Broadway Return Goes on Sale Aug. 15
Tickets for the new Broadway production of Ragtime, the 1998 Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Score, will go on sale Aug. 15 prior to the Oct. 23 first performance at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening is Nov. 15.

The Broadway engagement of the acclaimed John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of librettist Terrence McNally, lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty's history-and-humanity-rich musical, based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Furman, Max Cooper, Roger Berlind, Tom Kirdahy/Devlin Elliott, Jeffrey A. Sine, Scott Delman, Stephanie McClelland, Roy Miller, LAMS Productions, Inc., Jana Robbins, RialtoGals Productions, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Independent Producers Network, HRH Foundation and Emanuel Azenberg in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and choreographs, as she did in the spring, when the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, revived the sprawling, large-cast show. Critics embraced her spare, theatrical staging of the musical that meshes the stories of white, African-American and Jewish families at the dawn of the 20th century.

No casting has been announced, but some the troupers from the DC run are expected to resurface on Broadway.

Ragtime ticket prices will range from $46.50-$126 and will be available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. A box office opening date will be announced.

* Milgrom Dodge's production debuted at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on April 18 and played a sold-out limited engagement through May 17, 2009.

Here's how producers characterize the production: "Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed epic novel, Ragtime turns back the clock to the dawn of the 20th century — a time when anything was possible and ragtime music filled the air. New York City was the land of opportunity. A poor Jewish immigrant sells his 'moving picture' books on the street. A wealthy Victorian couple welcomes a runaway into their home. A Harlem jazz pianist turns an issue of justice into a revolution. Their personal journeys come alive as historic figures offer guidance and diversion — among them escape artist Harry Houdini, auto tycoon Henry Ford, educator Booker T. Washington, and infamous entertainer Evelyn Nesbit. Together, their stories celebrate the struggle between tradition and independence all in pursuit of the American dream."

The production team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, hair and wig design by Edward J. Wilson, musical direction by James Moore and original Tony Award-winning orchestrations by William David Brohn.

Ragtime originally opened on Broadway on Jan. 18, 1998 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The musical garnered four Tony Awards® including Best Book, Original Score and Best Orchestrations.

Ragtime will play the following schedule during previews from Oct. 23-Nov. 14: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM, Sunday evening at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

Ragtime will play the following regular schedule following opening night on Nov. 15: Tuesday evening at 7 PM; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM.

For more information, visit www.ragtimebroadway.com.

The cast of the Kennedy Center production of <i>Ragtime.</i>
The cast of the Kennedy Center production of Ragtime. Photo by Joan Marcus
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