Ragtime Revival Is A HIT!!!
Today, the Ragtime review’s are all in and as we expected the new Ragtime revival on Broadway is a huge success!
Read the Ragtime reviews below.
Entertainment Weekly - “Anyone lucky enough to experience the dazzling Broadway revival of Ragtime will be hard-pressed to believe that in 1998, the musical was a $10 million financial flop, a critical miss, and an awards-season also-ran.” - Melissa Rose Bernardo
Variety - “No word has been more bandied about in American life the past two years than change. And no show investigates the nuances of that word as it relates to the American Dream — conveying hope, opportunity and success, but also the ugly flipside of pain, division, confusion and violence — more masterfully than “Ragtime.” The 1997 musical not only feels trenchant and timely, but its multistrand story is delivered with fresh clarity and emotional immediacy in director-choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s elegant revival, transferring to Broadway from D.C.’s Kennedy Center, where it originated in April. This is big-brain, bold-strokes musical-theater storytelling at its most vibrant.” - David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter - “The Ragtime flavored score is beautifully delivered, with the ensemble numbers achieving a powerful emotional resonance.” - Frank Scheck
The New York Times - “Ragtime” benefits from this less-is-more approach, but only to a degree. The show is hardly one of Sondheimesque complexity. Terrence McNally’s script and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s songs have a way of turning the shifting historical flux of Doctorow’s novel into carefully diagrammed flow charts. Characters who remain mysteries to themselves in the novel are here allowed moments of self-analysis and self-explanation that Dr. Phil might applaud. So to present a bare-bones “Ragtime” courts the danger of revealing how bare them bones are.” - Ben Brantley
NY Post - “But while the stage overflows with outsize feelings and themes, they make relatively little impression. Can too much be too much?” - Elisabeth Vincentelli
USA Today - “But those who plan to see the theatrical version, now in revival (***½ out of four) at the Neil Simon Theatre, are advised to put away their thinking caps and bring their hankies. As a work of social commentary, Ragtime, introduced on Broadway in 1998, is hokey and pedantic, much like that other, plodding musical adaptation of historical fiction, Les Misèrables.” - Elysa Gardner
NY Daily News - It hasn’t even been a decade since the first production of the show left town. Did Broadway need another “Ragtime“? Seems premature. But it’s hard to argue with a revival as surefooted as Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s strikingly staged and vividly performed redo.” - Joe Dziemianowicz
Associated Press - “It also sets the bar very high for what is to follow at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, where a respectful, recalibrated revival of the musical opened Sunday. If nothing else quite reaches that joyous proclamation of theatricality, so be it. This is a musical that can’t be faulted for its overabundant ambition or its often soaring score even as it sometimes stumbles over its heart-on-sleeve earnestness.” - Michael Kuchwara
Backstage: “In a season full of star vehicles, the revival of “Ragtime” rides onto Broadway with nary a box-office name and steamrollers its way to the top of the heap.” - David Sheward
Bloomberg News - “It is good to have “Ragtime” back on Broadway. The 1998 show, with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, is a significant musical that narrowly misses being a great one. Even so, compared to what nowadays passes for a great musical (”Wicked,” for example), “Ragtime” is nothing short of a masterpiece.” - John Simon
Washington Post - “What’s achieved here is confirmation that even if “Ragtime” is not a seminal American musical, it can be, via Terrence McNally’s libretto and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s score, a very rewarding one, an impressive distilling of a panoramic novel and a moving account of the momentous currents of a turbulent age.” - Peter Marks
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