TheatreWorks’ ‘Ragtime’ tackles hot topics | New
Set in New York at the turn of the 20th century, the musical “Ragtime” may seem nostalgic, with its Gibson Girl fashions and horseless carriages, but the show explores a host of topics that are still just as relevant in the United States. His characters grapple with racism, police brutality, anti-immigrant bigotry, sexism, poverty, and corruption.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is staging this timely musical, which opens this weekend and runs through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Based on the novel of the same name by EL Doctorow, “Ragtime” intertwines the stories of an African American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy white family as they each attempt to find their own “American dream”. The show, which won Tony Awards for its score and book, features music by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The book, by Terrence McNally, was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
TheatreWorks founder Robert Kelley is directing the production, which arrives on stage 20 years after the company’s well-received 2002 production, also directed by Kelley. The cast includes Broadway actors Nkrumah Gatling, Christine Dwyer and Leo Ash Evens.
Ragtime runs through June 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit theatreworks.org or call 877-662-8978.