“Ragtime,” Coming to Fisher Auditorium from Broadway

Posted on 11/11/2015 4:08:14 PM

Ragtime Coalhouse 224The Lively Arts at IUP will present the Tony-Award® winning musical, Ragtime, as part of its Ovations! series. This All-American hit will be presented Thursday, November 19, 2015, in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life as America was moving into the 20th century. Set in New York City, the musical intertwines the stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a young Harlem musician as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Ragtime premiered in Toronto in 1996 before moving to a year-long run in Los Angeles. On Broadway, where it played for two years, it was nominated for 13 Tony® Awards and won for Best Featured Actress, Best Original Score, Best Book, and Best Orchestrations. It also received 13 Drama Desk nominations, winning for Outstanding Musical, Book, Music, Lyrics, and Orchestrations. It had a brief revival on Broadway in 2009, which earned it six Tony Award nominations and seven Drama Desk nominations.

This compelling story is set to theater’s richest and most glorious winning score by Pittsburgh native Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently produced The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, and The Color Purple, Ragtime promises to be an unforgettable performance.

Tickets are available online or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing website.They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313.

Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $44 for regular admission, $39 for seniors and groups, and $20 for students and children and parking on campus is free.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Co-Operative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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