The Ragtime

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Doctorow Ragtime is a novel by E. Doctorow, published in 1975. This work of historical fiction is mainly set in the New York City area from 1902 until 1912, with brief scenes towards the end describing the United States' entry into World War I in 1917. Chapter 1 of 'Ragtime' n 1902 Father built a house at the crest of the Broadview Avenue hill in New Rochelle, New York. It was a three-story brown shingle with dormers, bay windows and a screened porch. Striped awnings shaded the windows. Ragtime (1981) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Synopsis Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century.

The Athens Theatre Company

In Association with Music Theatre International

Young, Beautiful, Passionate, And Scandalous–America In the Time of Ragtime.

Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Nominated for 13 Tony awards and winning the awards for Best Musical Score and Best Book of a Musical, this blockbuster was adapted from E.L. Doctorow’ s great novel Ragtime (a selection in Modern Library’s list of “100 Best Novels”).

Strikingly appropriate to our own difficult times, Ragtimeuses three disparate families to evoke the dangerously dynamic forces transforming America just before World War I. The play’s ragtime, jazz, gospel, and ballad songs—30 of them in all—trace the once unimaginable sundering and merging of 3 families; one comfortably, traditionally, and conventionally white; the second, a black family pulled asunder by competing survival needs; and third an impoverished and nearly starving Jewish immigrant father and daughter. The musical’s explorations of how clashing racial, religious, social, and musical forces destroy some and transform others, eventually producing a hopeful American future, has moved and delighted a quarter century of audiences. Be sure to join them. This is a truly memorable show which cannot be missed.

Run time: 2 hours & 45 minutes (plus a 15-minute intermission)

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Ragtime Cafe

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The Ragtime Millionaire

Milos Forman apparently made a basic decision very early in his production of E.L. Doctorow's best-selling novel, Ragtime. He decided to set aside the book's kaleidoscopic jumble of people, places, and things, and concentrate on just one of the several narrative threads. Instead of telling dozens of stories, his film is mostly concerned with the story of Coalhouse Walker, Jr., a black piano player who insists that justice be done after he is insulted by some yahoo volunteer firemen.

The ragtime bear

Doctorow's novel was an inspired juggling act involving both actual and fictional characters, who sometimes met in imaginary scenes of good wit and imagery. The Coalhouse story was more or less equal with several others. A film faithful to the book would have had people walking in and out of each other's lives in an astonishing series of coincidences. That might have been a good film, too. It might have looked a little like Robert Altman's “Nashville” or “Buffalo Bill,” and indeed Altman was the first filmmaker signed to direct “Ragtime.” But we will never see what Altman might have done, and Forman decided to do something different. He traces the ways in which Coalhouse Walker enters and affects the lives of an upstate New York family in the first decade of the century. The family lives in White Plains, New York, in a vast and airy old frame manor, and it consists of Father, Mother, and Younger Brother, with walk-ons by a grandfather and a young son.