Actors’ Playhouse goes big with a relevant ‘Ragtime’

January 26, 2015 9:49 PM

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Actors’ Playhouse goes big with a relevant ‘Ragtime’

The themes — immigration, racial conflict, economic disparity, widening roles for women — are resonantly of the moment. But the massive Actors’ Playhouse musical opening Friday at the Miracle Theatre opened on Broadway in 1998, and its story takes place in turn-of-the-20th-century America.

Ragtime, with its Tony Award-winning Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens score and Tony-winning book by playwright Terrence McNally, is a thrilling opera-scale piece of musical theater. And given the state of the world today, it remains relevant in ways that are both chilling and inspiring.

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