Terrence McNally (book), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), Stephen Flaherty (music)
Source material: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Follows 3 stories: People of New Rochelle, People of Harlem, and Eastern European Immigrants
Ragtime, cakewalk, marches, gospel
Historical figures make an appearance, such as Booker T. Washington, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, and Emma Goldman
Themes include; the American dream, the American melting pot, race relations and sterotypes, and the wheels of change (which is symbolized throughout the musical ie: cars, trains, boats, etc.)
"Wheels of a Dream"
"Ragtime"- one of the greatest openings in musical theatre.
Shiftin narrative (starts and ends the same way)