|Drury Lane Oakbrook presents|
|Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow
by Terrance McNally (book), Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics)
directed/choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
at Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook (map)
through May 23 (more info)
‘What can happen in a year?’ Father’s question is an expectation that life is simple and predictable.
The reality is birth, death, emancipation, persecution, obsession, syncopation. In 1906, the regularity in life takes unexpected turns as Drury Lane Oakbrook presents Ragtime The Musical. The show focuses on the lives of three groups: WASPs, blacks, and immigrants. In the New York suburbs, a wealthy family breaks the monotony with wild excursions and celebrity stalking. In Harlem, a successful black piano player decides to search for his lost love. Just off the boat, an Jewish immigrant artist and his daughter arrive with nothing but optimistic anticipation. Three distinctly different rhythms unexpectedly intersect to create a new tune. Ragtime celebrates a year in American history by paralleling the adaption of ragtime music with socio-economic changes of the time period. The results are a stunning history lesson intertwined with melodies of hope and change.
Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog. Celebrating her own milestone in history, Jenny describes the show as poignant and ‘Maeve Binchy-esque.’