See it if Timely revival of epic Americana musical Vital & wholehearted effort by director Harborth & spirited cast Minimal set allows optimal dancing
Don't see it if Clunky 2nd act still troubles, too many plot lines to close & too ballad heavy Lively cast a big plus w/stand outs Zannelli, Koren & Jordan
"In the hands of the Gallery Players, 'Ragtime' flourishes. Under the capable direction of Mark Harborth and his talented cast, the musical is compelling, entertaining, and heart-wrenching...The vocals in this production of 'Ragtime' make the show a must-see...But if you don’t go for the vocals, go for the dance numbers. Brilliantly choreographed and seamlessly executed, the dance scenes in this production are fun and full of vitality...The music of 'Ragtime' resonates with everyone."
"McNally’s book, a small masterpiece of concision and focus, stitches Flaherty and Ahrens’s superb songs into a 'gorgeous mosaic' of the story of America...Not every cast member boasts Broadway-quality singing chops, but the overall talent level is most impressive...Director Mark Harborth marshals the large cast skillfully to render the show’s panoramic portrait of the human spirit with piercing energy, convincing period atmosphere, and clever staging, buoyed by witty choreography."
“The basis of the story involves three groups - Blacks from Harlem, Middle-Class Whites from New Rochelle, and Jewish Immigrants from the Lower East Side. They live separately but the early 20th Century has brought in with it a new music, which appears destined to upset the old order. Political turmoil, labor unrest, and the boiling over of the melting pot seem to foreshadow conflicts that may be inevitable. This production features 37 actors and excellent choreography. I highly recommend it.”
“The cast is superb. The period costumes make the pre-World War I era come alive before our eyes. The fight sequences are amazingly realistic. The play features three groups - blacks in Harlem, whites in New Rochelle, and Jewish immigrants from Latvia. They live separate and apart but in this play, several events take place causing their worlds to collide. I highly recommend this production. The Gallery Players did a magnificent job. Do yourself a real favor by seeing it!”