Great Performances

Season 26 Episode 7

Creating Ragtime

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Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1998 on PBS
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A documentary showing how E.L. Doctorow's novel “Ragtime” became a Broadway musical. Includes interviews with the author and others involved in the show and portions of performances, both in rehearsal and on stage. The episode also includes a segment on the building of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which would become the home of "Ragtime."moreless

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      • The Broadway production of Ragtime was nominated for many Tony Awards.

        1997 Tony Award Winners:
        Actress (Featured Role - Musical) - Audra McDonald
        Book (Musical) - Terrence McNally
        Orchestrations - William David Brohn
        Original Musical Score - Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

      • The cast recorded a concept album, "Songs from Ragtime, the Musical," before rehearsals began, and even before the script was finished. They would later record a cast album, "Ragtime, the Musical."

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