- $36 for one ticket for zone 2 seating (up to $60 value)
- $42 for one ticket for zone 1 seating (up to $70 value)
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Dates and Times
- Friday, February 12, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, February 13, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
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.
It would be hard to think of The Whiting as anything less than opulent. Before audiences grab one of the theater's 2,043 seats, they pass through a lobby where a golden sphere hangs suspended. That sphere, completed a year after the theater's founding in 1967, is made up of 675 gold-plated steel branches, stretching 7 feet in diameter, and is valued at $5 million. It's a fitting tribute to the venue's namesake: James H. Whiting, an early pioneer of the auto industry. Although its gold dulled over time—along with the rest of the theater—a renovation in 1999 helped it sparkle once again and continue drawing passersby into its gravitation field.