Book by Terrence McNally. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan and Kristyl Tift. Music Direction by Cristina Dinella Ragtime, based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished 1975 novel, was called “a triumph for the stage” by TIME and “the best musical in twenty years” by the International Herald Tribune when it premiered on Broadway in 1998. Combining historical figures such as Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, and Booker T. Washington with fictional characters, Ragtime uses diverse musical styles to weave together stories of volatile turn-of-thecentury New York from three different perspectives: African Americans in Harlem, immigrants from Eastern Europe, and upper-class suburban whites. Together, these characters confront and explore what it means to live and fight for fairness and social justice in America.