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Ragtime - Vocal Selections

Ragtime - Vocal Selections

Terrence McNally, Alfred Publishing, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty

ISBN: 9781576239551

Book by Terrence McNally 
Music by Stephen Flaherty 
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens 
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

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(Vocal Selections). Vocal selections from the Tony-winning score by Stephen Flaherty. Titles are: Back to Before * Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. * Gliding * Goodbye, My Love * Make Them Hear You * New Music * Our Children * Ragtime * Sarah Brown Eyes * Till We Reach That Day * Wheels of a Dream * Your Daddy's Son.
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Director Frank Galati and choreographer Graciela Daniele joined the creative team, and after a successful workshop in Toronto, a concept recording of the show was released. The positive buzz continued to build. The show first opened in Toronto in December of 1996, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The first American production of RAGTIME premiered in Los Angeles in June of 1997, where work continued, and the show finally arrived on Broadway on January 18, 1998, christening the brand-new Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The legendary original cast included Brian Stokes Mitchell as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Audra McDonald as Sarah, Marin Mazzie as Mother, Peter Friedman as Tateh, and Judy Kaye as Emma Goldman. RAGTIME initially garnered 13 Tony Award nominations, the most of any show that season, and won four--Best Score, Best Book, Best Orchestrations, and Best Supporting Actress (Audra McDonald.) Subsequent to its Broadway run, RAGTIME received two national tours. In 2003, the London production, which presented the show on a more intimate scale, opened to great acclaim, earning 8 Olivier nominations.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives. Male, 45-55 yrs old Range: D3 - Eb4

COALHOUSE WALKER JR. A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: G2 - A4

EMMA GOLDMAN Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American. Female, 35-45 yrs old Range: B3 -


EVELYN NESBIT Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage. Female, 18-21 yrs old Range: B3 - D5

FATHER Mother's professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: A2 - F4

GRANDFATHER Mother's very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything. Male, 60-70 yrs old Speaking Role

HARRY HOUDINI The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the 'American Dream.' Hungarian-American. Male, 25-35 yrs old Range: E3 - G4

LITTLE BOY Mother and Father's son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others. Male, 8-12 yrs old Range: E4 - D5

LITTLE GIRL Tateh's daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American. Female, 7-10 yrs old Range: C4 - Bb4

MOTHER The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others. Female, 30-40 yrs old Range: G3 - F#5

SARAH Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American. Female, 20-25 yrs old Range: G#3 - F#5

TATEH The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Latvian-American. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: Bb2 - F#4

YOUNGER BROTHER Mother's younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman's teachings. Male, 20-25 yrs old Range: B2 - F#4

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally's most recent collaboration is the book for The Visit at Arlington's Signature Theatre with score by John Kander and Fredd Ebb. His most recent play Unusual Acts of Devotion premiered at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2008. His play Deuce played on Broadway in the 2006-2007 season. His play Some Men premiered in the 2007 season at Second Stage Theatre. Mr. McNally also ... view full profile

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