Kurt Kansley
Three American tales woven together

At the dawn of a new century everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the melting pot of New York 3 distinctly American tales are woven together; that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant (Tateh), and the daring young Harlem musician (Coalhouse Walker Jr) and his fiancee Sarah. 

Together they confront history's timeless contadictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, and what it means to live in 20th century America. The winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for best score, book and orchestrations, it also won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best musical and best score. 

Ragtime is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope. The score draws on many musical styles - the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, the klezmer of the Lower East Side, brass band marches and delicate waltzes. There are up-tempo banjo tunes and expansive anthems.

A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire! Starring as Coalhouse Walker Jr is Kurt Kansley, Chloe Zuel is Sarah, and Josh Piterman is Tateh.

Songs include 'Wheels of a Dream', 'Goodbye My Love', 'Your Daddy's Son', 'Back to Before', and 'Make Them Hear You'. The Production Company founding director Roger Hodgman will stage this modern American classic with Dana Jolly's choreography.

Costumes will be designed by Isaac lummis, set by Christina Smith, and lighting by Nigel Levings. The musical Ragtime is based on the novel by E.L Doctorow

Terence McNally wrote the book for the musical. Stephen Flaherty wrote the music and Lyn Ahrens wrote the lyrics.

State Theatre
2 - 10 November 2019
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