Review On RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL


Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic


The Pasadena Playhouse's first offering in 2019 is the American musical Ragtime: The Musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty—and what an offering. Ragtime is a big show on so many levels, thematically it deals with immigration, racism, white privilege, women's rights among other weighty themes, and logistically, it boasts a 21-person cast with a 16-piece orchestra. It's an ambitious project for any theatre company and the Pasadena Playhouse has risen to the occasion with this sumptuous production.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.