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Ragtime will appear The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck from March 2-18

The winner of nine Tony Awards, this sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.  Each represents a different class, including Jewish immigrants and an African American family. The families face different struggles in a volatile era. You’ll find it very relevant to today’s world, although the action takes place from 1902-1908.

Historic figures move through the play, stepping out into the spotlight to lend context and credibility to the story. You’ll meet Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman, Harry K. Thaw, Stanford White, Jay P. Morgan, Harry Houdini, Admiral Perry and others! 

The play’s book was written by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Yes, it was a 1981 film, directed by the great Hungarian filmmaker Miloš Forman with a score by Randy Newman. It’s based on the 1975 historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow.

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This show is appropriate for all audiences to enjoy. It’s directed & choreographed by area artist Kevin Archambault for Up in One Productions. Musical direction is by Paul & JoAnne Schubert.

This production stars Jovan Bradley, Mark Colvson, Maria Coppola, Andy Crispell, Jared Decker, Ryan Dutcher, David Foster, Alex Heinen, Jane Langan, Amy LeBlanc, James McTague & Elizabeth Thomas.

Performances are March 2 – 18 at 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights, with a matinee set for 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are $27 and $25. And you can buy  them online  purchase tickets here! Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1 - 5pm, or call them at (845) 876-3080. The barn-like theater is located at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck, 12572.

Can’t get enough backstage chatter?  Go behind the scenes with Lou Trapani (artistic director) as he interview “Ragtime’s director and two of the leads in the paly for “Episode 64 of Live from the Center”. And hear a tune at the end!

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