Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life on stage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this Groupon.
- $10 for one ticket to see All-City Musical presents Ragtime (up to a $24.45 value)
- Where: Akron Civic Theatre
- Seating: front orchestra
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Available Dates and Times
- Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 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. All-City Musical's toe-tapping production makes use of the community's talents, with a cast of young thespians drawn from Summit County's schools and underground vaudeville rings.
E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.