RagsAn American Musical
Welcome to the new world! Fresh from Ellis Island, a young mother and her son search for a new life and a sense of home as the 20th century beckons. The streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side may not be paved with gold, but they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism and hope. A ravishing score by the songwriters of Wicked and Annie colors a sweeping saga of America’s immigrant past. Celebrate our rich roots in Goodspeed’s new adaptation of a neglected masterpiece of the musical theatre.
Book by Joseph Stein | Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Revised Book by David Thompson
Scenic Design by Michael Schweikardt | Costume Design by Linda Cho
Lighting Design by John Lasiter | Projection Design by Luke Cantarella
Sound Design by Jay Hilton | Wig & Hair Design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Orchestrations by Dan DeLange | Vocal Arrangements by David Loud
Music Direction by Michael O'Flaherty | Choreographed by Parker Esse
Directed by Rob Ruggiero
6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
Oct 6 - Dec 10, 2017
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Marge Bonessi said:
On October 25, 2017
We love Goodspeed and have never been disappointed!
Bob Salen said:
On October 15, 2017
Just wanted to inject a note of joy into an otherwise political, whiny newsscape: My wife and I, and two friends, attended the Goodspeed Opera House presentation of “Rags” last night in East Haddam, CT. It was easily the best of season, even surpassing the excellent “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Oklahoma” musicals earlier in the summer. One of our friends, who normally doesn't care much for musicals, finally admitted: "I may have just changed my mind."
A sequel to the venerable “Fiddler on the Roof,” every facet of the show was superb. The acting, singing, orchestra – and even the dynamic set contributed to a wonderful evening. Kudos to Goodspeed for taking on this recently revised story of early 1900’s immigrants in America and their trials and triumphs.
Yes, it certainly rhymes with contemporary issues as immigration opponents cry "Take our country back!" even as sweatshop owners use the newcomers as "grease" for their nefarious ends. Try listening to the lovely song "Three Sunny Rooms" without choking up just a little. Fantastic. Relevant.