- One ticket to Ragtime
- Where: Warner Theatre
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- $16 for rear orchestra sides or rear balcony sides (up to $26 value)
- $18 for rear orchestra center or rear balcony center (up to $30 value)
- Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, November 7, at 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.
Warner Theatre serves as profound evidence that grassroots efforts can make a difference in the arts. Opened by Warner Brothers Studios in 1931, the Thomas Lamb–designed cinema house served for more than 20 years as the area's top venue to gawk at the silver screen. Yet business declined with the rise of the television, and in 1955 a flood left the venue severely damaged. It was hardly a surprise, then, when the Warner faced foreclosure in 1981. But a non-profit, citizen-run group called the Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts raised the $275,000 needed to rescue the theatre, and repaired the years' damages to the art-deco design. Today, more than 800 volunteer actors, musicians, designers, and crew members bask in the applause and gleefully thrown lorgnettes of an estimated 35,000-plus patrons each season.