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This show closed on May 20, 2017

About Ragtime

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed.

With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who’s who of 20th-century historical characters, “Ragtime” confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (“1776,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.

Run Time

2hr 45min (inc. intermission)

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Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Vividly dramatizes the country’s ever-hopeful, still unsettled story...‘Ragtime’ sings with purpose at Ford’s Theatre.
Washington Post

Ford's Theatre

511 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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