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4.2 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from Goldstar Member
7 events 4 reviews

Great staging, singing, and superb story telling. We were both very impressed by the spirit and performance of the many performers.

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Review from H.Cubed
6 events 1 review

The play was really well done. It was a great night out.

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Review from Barry Granoff
10 events 1 review

A wonderful surprise! Great singing, costumes, staging. Thoroughly enjoyed the show.

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E.L. Doctorow’s award-winning novel _Ragtime _has captivated imaginations and spurred conversation since its release in 1975. More than 20 years later, playwright Terrence McNally and composer/lyricist team Stephen Ahrens and Lynn Flaherty debuted their Tony® Award-winning musical based on Doctorow’s poignant and timeless story of the struggles of immigrants and African-Americans in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.


Ragtime: the Musical_ explores the dynamics among three main societal groups in the early 1900s New York: white upper-class Protestants in New Rochelle; the black community of Harlem; and the newly-arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe. Tateh arrives in the United States with his young daughter only to discover it is not the land of riches he expected. Coalhouse Walker Jr., a black musician, finds that despite his education and every attempt to work within the law of the land, that hatred and bigotry remain rampant. And Mother begins to challenge her traditional place in the home as she learns her capacity to make informed decisions for herself.

More than 40 actors from throughout central and eastern Massachusetts have come together to put on this production of Ragtime. Music director Tom Cox has assembled a 20-piece orchestra to bring the power of Ragtime’s music to its fullest potential. Ragtime at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts promises to remind audiences of the struggles our country has endured and of what progress remains to be seen.

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