American Dream reimagined in Anaheim theater’s ‘Ragtime’

“Ragtime: The Musical” is currently presented at Chance Theater in Anaheim through Aug. 11.

The iconic history-meets-fiction musical “Ragtime” is currently being performed at Anaheim’s Chance Theater, extending its sold-out run through Aug. 11.

Based on the novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime: The Musical is written by Terrence McNally, and composed by Stephen Flaherty with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. This production is directed by Casey Stangl, with choreography by Kelly Todd, and music direction by Robyn Manion.

Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American dream. The show blends fictional and historical figures into a framework that revolves around events, characters and ideas important in American history

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, this musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three people — a stifled married woman from the upper classes, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young musician from Harlem — whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as “Getting Ready Rag,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day” and “Make Them Hear You.”

“The play has so much resonance in our world today,” said director Casey Stangl. “The immigrant experience, the decaying of the American Dream, the intense divisions between groups, races, genders- all these themes are explored in a piece with a glorious score and fascinating characters.”

The Executive Producers for this production are Sophie & Larry Cripe and Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller.  Bette & Wylie Aitken are the Season Producers and for the entire 2019 Season. 

Matt Takahashi (as Harry Houdini) and Sarah Pierce (as Evelyn Nesbit) in the intimate reimagining of “Ragtime.”


WHEN: Now through Aug. 11. Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 3pm

WHERE: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Cripe Stage. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807

TICKETS: $25.00 – $49.00. Discounts available for children (ages 4-12), seniors, students, and military.

CALL: (888) 455-4212 or visit

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