Ragtime

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Tony-winning musical follows an upper-class family, Harlem piano player, and Jewish immigrant in a story of early 20th century America

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  • Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 23, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Ragtime

Based on the novel by historical-fiction mastermind E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime immerses audiences in a kaleidoscopic portrait of America at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows the fortunes of three interconnected groups, opening with an upper-class protestant family whose members are referred to only by their place in the nuclear unit: Father, Mother, Younger Brother, and Milkman. Elsewhere, African-American ragtime player Coalhouse Walker makes his name in Harlem, while Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Europe, strives to build his fortune with his daughter in tow. Cameos by such towering figures as Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, and anarchist Emma Goldman swirl about the main characters as they try to navigate their way through the era’s dizzying change and ostrich-overrun streets. Winning Tony Awards for best book and best score when it opened on Broadway in 1998, Ragtime’s exuberant musical numbers sample its era’s melodic diversity, focusing on the jaunty piano melodies of its eponymous genre.

Palace Theater

In the 1920s, Thomas Lamb was the man to see if you were planning to build a theater. The designer of everything from the Orpheum in Boston to Madison Square Garden in New York, his designs fanned the flames of vaudeville and inspired so much admiration in silent-film stars that they almost spoke. So when theater impresario Sylvester Z. Poli decided to built his Palace Theater, he turned to the best. Lamb designed the Palace in a Second Renaissance Revival style, mixing Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Federal motifs into the grand lobby and domed auditorium. With such a regal foundation, Poli couldn't keep his wallet closed when decorating, and spent $1 million dressing the Theater for a king. And so well outfitted, the Theater had a good run, operating with force until 1987. Then the lights on the marquee went out, staying dark for the next 18 years. But with such undeniable beauty, it couldn't stay dark forever. A three-year, $30 million restoration and expansion brought the Palace into the 21st century, turning it into a 90,000-square-foot historical landmark. Yet now, as in the 1920s, the Theater's mission remains the same: to serve as an artistic, cultural, educational, and economic catalyst for the community.

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