Theatre: Ford Center
Status: Closed
(December 26, 1997 - January 16, 2000 )
  • Preview: December 26, 1997
  • Open: January 18, 1998
  • Close: January 16, 2000
Musical - New York Premiere
Running Time: 2hrs 55mins

Based on the E L Doctorow novel of the same name, Ragtime is a story about life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The show illustrates poignant issues of the day - from immigration, racism and politics to industrialization and social upheaval. Historical figures intermingal with fictional characters. The show focuses on three families whose intersecting lives are influenced by the Ragtime era's social challenges.

For The Record:

“Ragtime” had it's World Premiere at The Ford Arts Centre in Toronto, Ont, Canada on December 8th, 1996 under the auspices of Garth Drabinsky and his company, Livent, Inc. and featured a cast which included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, Steven Sutcliffe, Peter Friedman and Mark Jacoby among others and was directed by Frank Galati. It would go on to have it's American premiere at The Shubert Theatre in Century City, CA on June 15th, 1997, with Mr Mitchell as Coalhouse, Judy Kaye as Emma, John Rubinstein as Tateh, LaChanze as Sarah and John Dossett as the father.

Total Gross: $79,947,694
Average Weekly Gross: $740,256
Total Attendance: 1,432,872
Average Weekly Attendance: 92%

Staff & Creative Team


Livent Inc

General Manager:

Frank Scardino at Livent Inc

Company Manager:

Jim Brandeberry at Livent Inc

Production Stage Manager:

Randall Whitescarver

Book Writer:

Terrence McNally


Lynn Ahrens


Frank Galati

Production Design:

Eugene Lee


Santo Loquasto

Musical Staging:

Graciela Daniele


William David Brohn

Musical Director:

David Loud

Based on the Novel by:

EL Doctorow


Sarah 12/26/1997 - 12/27/1998
Coalhouse Walker 12/26/1997 - 12/27/1998
Tateh 12/26/1997 - 12/20/1998
Mother's Younger Brother 12/26/1997 - 12/27/1998