Ragtime

Critics

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Reviews: 13

Audience

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Famous historical characters and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-20th-century New York. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, this 13-time Tony-nominated musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three people — a stifled married woman from the upper classes, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young musician from Harlem — whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as “Getting Ready Rag,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day” and “Make Them Hear You.”

Now extended thru August 11th!

Reviews

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"As usual at "Ragtime," you'll laugh, you'll cry."

sweet - Don Shirley - LA Observed - ...read full review


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"Presented with a startlingly powerful intimacy, the direction by Casey Stangl, choreography by Kelly Todd, and music direction by Robyn Manion brings the show closer to you — and you heart — than ever before."

sweet - Eve Meadows - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"And just like America itself, the musical is not completely free from flaws either, but, overall, the sum of its glorious parts make for one of the most gripping musicals ever created. Even in its smaller scaled production (and despite a casting short cut), Chance Theater with RAGTIME has another winning show in their lineup that's worth checking out."

sweet - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"A musical telling an American story with such passion and great singing — Ragtime at Chance Theater deserves a — you know the rest."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"L.A./OC theatergoers can now add Ragtime to Chance Theater’s long list of summer-musical hits, an inspired concept executed with equal parts passionate commitment and artistic command."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"Blessed with visual beauty, ambition, a smashing wardrobe and a social conscience, ''Ragtime'' is the kind of musical that brings audiences to their knees in adoration. And there is truly much to admire in the show, from its daguerreotype images telestically brought to life to the electric presence of its leading man, Dony Wright, as the revolutionary Coalhouse Walker Jr."

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


Jordan Young
"Though they promised “all the hits,” the Paragon did not simply offer the standard greatest hits program today’s audiences have come to expect; the 11-piece ensemble also played sparkling renditions of everything from an eponymous rag composed for a minstrel show to waltzes from Cohan’s melodrama “The Yankee Prince.”"

sweet - Jordan Young - JordanRYoung - ...read full review


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"With an abundance of dramatic conflict, a rousing musical score , and production values that are unimpeachable. Scenic design by Christopher Scott Murillo transforms from a modern-day transit station that quickly transfers into a location from a century ago, and imaginative prop designs created by Danthi Tran insures that the Chance’s mounting of Ragtime is a notable and honorable achievement. It’s a must see for musical aficionados and American history buffs."

sweet - Ben Miles - ShowMag - ...read full review


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"Just getting Ragtime on the Chance stage deserves applause. Producing it with many fine performances deserves even more applause."

sweet - Bill Eadie - Talking Broadway - ...read full review


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"The payoffs in this “Ragtime” are plenty and collective gratitude is due not just for Chance for doing this rarity at all, but for doing it so well in so many ways."

sweet - Christopher Smith - OC Register - ...read full review


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"It’d be tough for any play to juggle what is essentially three plots in one, and with so many characters and musical numbers, even Stangl’s more muscular production isn’t enough to keep things from feeling as if they’re stuck in second gear some of the time. But thanks to a uniformly well-voiced cast and killer six-member band, the rhythm slows at times but never breaks."

sweet-sour - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


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"“Ragtime” not only serves as a rousing history lesson, but it also connects subtly with today’s social and political climate. It’s an overwhelming experience at the Chance Theater."

sweet - Tom Titus - LA Times - ...read full review


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"The Chance’s “Ragtime” is a roaring success... Even when circumstances are at their bleakest, hopeful citizens try to dream America forward, finding unity in diversity and leaving us with a final image of what the nation could and should be. This is powerfully inspiring stuff."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


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"As usual at "Ragtime," you'll laugh, you'll cry."

sweet - Don Shirley - LA Observed - ...read full review


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"Presented with a startlingly powerful intimacy, the direction by Casey Stangl, choreography by Kelly Todd, and music direction by Robyn Manion brings the show closer to you — and you heart — than ever before."

sweet - Eve Meadows - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar
"And just like America itself, the musical is not completely free from flaws either, but, overall, the sum of its glorious parts make for one of the most gripping musicals ever created. Even in its smaller scaled production (and despite a casting short cut), Chance Theater with RAGTIME has another winning show in their lineup that's worth checking out."

sweet - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"A musical telling an American story with such passion and great singing — Ragtime at Chance Theater deserves a — you know the rest."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"L.A./OC theatergoers can now add Ragtime to Chance Theater’s long list of summer-musical hits, an inspired concept executed with equal parts passionate commitment and artistic command."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Avatar
"Blessed with visual beauty, ambition, a smashing wardrobe and a social conscience, ''Ragtime'' is the kind of musical that brings audiences to their knees in adoration. And there is truly much to admire in the show, from its daguerreotype images telestically brought to life to the electric presence of its leading man, Dony Wright, as the revolutionary Coalhouse Walker Jr."

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


Jordan Young
"Though they promised “all the hits,” the Paragon did not simply offer the standard greatest hits program today’s audiences have come to expect; the 11-piece ensemble also played sparkling renditions of everything from an eponymous rag composed for a minstrel show to waltzes from Cohan’s melodrama “The Yankee Prince.”"

sweet - Jordan Young - JordanRYoung - ...read full review


Avatar
"With an abundance of dramatic conflict, a rousing musical score , and production values that are unimpeachable. Scenic design by Christopher Scott Murillo transforms from a modern-day transit station that quickly transfers into a location from a century ago, and imaginative prop designs created by Danthi Tran insures that the Chance’s mounting of Ragtime is a notable and honorable achievement. It’s a must see for musical aficionados and American history buffs."

sweet - Ben Miles - ShowMag - ...read full review


Avatar
"Just getting Ragtime on the Chance stage deserves applause. Producing it with many fine performances deserves even more applause."

sweet - Bill Eadie - Talking Broadway - ...read full review


Avatar
"The payoffs in this “Ragtime” are plenty and collective gratitude is due not just for Chance for doing this rarity at all, but for doing it so well in so many ways."

sweet - Christopher Smith - OC Register - ...read full review


Avatar
"It’d be tough for any play to juggle what is essentially three plots in one, and with so many characters and musical numbers, even Stangl’s more muscular production isn’t enough to keep things from feeling as if they’re stuck in second gear some of the time. But thanks to a uniformly well-voiced cast and killer six-member band, the rhythm slows at times but never breaks."

sweet-sour - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar
"“Ragtime” not only serves as a rousing history lesson, but it also connects subtly with today’s social and political climate. It’s an overwhelming experience at the Chance Theater."

sweet - Tom Titus - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"The Chance’s “Ragtime” is a roaring success... Even when circumstances are at their bleakest, hopeful citizens try to dream America forward, finding unity in diversity and leaving us with a final image of what the nation could and should be. This is powerfully inspiring stuff."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review