Broadway's 'Ragtime': Looking good, per this production trailer!

Ragtime is back! Performances of the revival of the 1998 Tony-winning musical—the show about bigotry in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City—begin today on Broadway. (Opening night is Nov. 15.) Yay!

All signs point to this particular production being somewhat highly anticipated, and with good reason. Back in May, Variety reviewed the Kennedy Center’s production of the show, from which this particular incarnation rose, and called it a “lavish and impeccably mounted production, which is simply stunning in every detail.” (Look out for EW’s review, of course, which will be published on opening night.) But for now, to satiate all you Ragtime fans out there, producers have released a short trailer about the production. It doesn’t reveal much of the actual look of the show—it’s more interviews with the cast sprinkled over some of the songs—but it still got me excited. Watch it here:

Is anyone else excited about the return of Ragtime? Did anyone see the Kennedy Center production earlier this year? Is anyone else humming “Wheels of a Dream” right now, like I am?

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  • Meghan

    Can’t wait! The original wasn’t at Lincoln Center, though, it was at the Kennedy Center. It was outstanding!

    • JayNYC

      You think there are editors or fact checkers at EW? Meh! :-)

  • Sara

    I saw this show when it first opened on Broadway 11 years ago. I loved it then and I’m so excited that it’s coming back to Broadway and I can see it again! I actually went to Broadway on Broadway – the annual free concert where new and current musicals perform songs – and they sang Wheels of a Dream. It was amazing.

  • paige

    its probably gonna win best musical revival and the next tony’s…

  • Taylor

    My favorite musical. I saw the original twice and it is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous, thrilling music. I want to see this production sooooooo bad!! Thanks for posting this.

  • Barb

    I saw it at the Kennedy Center (not Lincoln Center!) earlier this year. It was fantastic!

  • JayNYC

    So Lea Michele (Glee) was the original “Little Girl” in the Original Broadway production of Ragtime, over 10 years ago. Just an FYI.

  • welshgirl

    I loved this musical when it first came out – I thought it was one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever seen – totally bummed it lost Best Musical to Lion King – but happy it’s back. This is an honest to goodness outstanding show. Hopefully I’ll get to go! Only question is how the new leads are going to compare to Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie, all of whom were outstanding.

  • Nancy

    Zeke Rettman’s version (2009 NAACP best director winner)of Ragtime preformed in the 99 seat Hudson Theatre in LA was the best I’ve seen. Can’t wait for the Broadway revival!

  • Crystal

    Back to Before is one of my all time fav musical songs. Glad to see it’s getting a “re-release” as it were.

  • Rachel K

    Ragtime is one of my absolute favorite musicals. And the music director for the revival is right, the music is a masterpiece. I saw it in Chicago and again in Madison, Wisconsin and it’s just amazing. I would go see it again in a heartbeat. My fingers are crossed that it travels and makes its way down to Florida. :)

  • A.R.

    I love Ragtime, and am totally psyched that it’s back! I’ll definitely make a trip to see it.

  • Vince

    I just saw the first Sunday night preview performance. I am a huge, HUGE fan of the original Broadway cast 10 years ago: Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell. With that said, the revival cast was better. I have never cried so much at a Broadway show and I saw the original 4 times! With a stripped down version, the focus is on the story and music and this show is emotionally raw. Best revival hands down

  • Thomas

    I did see it at the Kennedy Center earlier this year. It was amazing. I never saw the original but remember when it came out and lost the Tony to The Lion King…or should I say it was stolen. It definitely is a much better show in my opinion. But I had to see the DC because I live in DC and second the guy who plays Younger Brother (Bobby Steggart) is a friend of mine that I used to do theater with and went to school with. Go see the show it’s amazing!

  • Nancy Murphy

    simply the best production I’ve ever seen on stage. Saw it in Mpls in ’98, Chicago in ’99, and would LOVE to see it in NYC in 2010! Happy Birthday to me???

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