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Oct 13 – Nov 5, 2017

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Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder
Produced in collaboration with Asolo Repertory Theatre

With scintillating music and an intensely compelling story of love at its core, Ragtime is a musical theater masterpiece that will inspire and touch your soul. It's the turn of the century; everything is changing. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York City, three distinct American stories are woven together: an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician, all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Featuring the richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score.

"This is big-brain, bold strokes musical theatre storytelling at its most vibrant" - Variety

"A triumph for the stage" - TIME Magazine

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information about whether a particular show is suitable for your child, we strongly encourage you to read the Content Advisories for each production. Children under 4, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Special thanks to the sponsors for this production.



Performance Date

Principal casting for Ragtime has been announced.

Full casting for Ragtime will be announced in September.

 Read this interview with Ragtime Director Peter Rothstein about his vision for this reimagined production.

Plan Your Visit

Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.


All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.


The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.

Emergency Contact

Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:

Theatre Coat Check phone:  206-625-1294
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs

Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.

Food & Drinks

Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid. 

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges

You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre. The 5th cannot guarantee that ticket donations are tax deductable and does not produce tax receipts for these donations. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.

Third-Party Tickets

We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.

Cameras & Recorders

The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Set in the early twentieth century before World War I, Ragtime deals with the promises of the American dream and how they were fulfilled or denied for those already established in the United States, for those newly arrived as immigrants, and for those who were descendants of slaves. It follows the stories of three groups in New York: an African-American musician and the mother of his child in Harlem, an affluent upper-class family living in New Rochelle, and a Jewish father and daughter who have recently emigrated from Russia and settled in the Lower East Side. 

Recommended for ages 10 and up.


Adult Language:

The show’s language is very mild; “son of a bitch” is heard twice. There are a couple of “damns” two “goddamns,” and one “shit.”

Racial slurs are heard on several occasions, particularly when bigots confront Coalhouse Walker, calling him “some high-falutin n----r and his whore and whore’s baby.” A crowd at a baseball game calls out, “Take your head out of your ass!” or “Kill the kike!” or “Run, you polack!”


Sexual References:

The word “bastard” is several times applied to the child of Sarah and the musician, Coalhouse Walker. 



Tateh, the Russian immigrant father, attacks a man who offers him money in exchange for his daughter.

A character is blocked from driving his car down a street; when he goes for help, his car is destroyed.

When workers organize a strike, mill owners call out the militia; a woman is struck down and Tateh, who tried to help her, is knocked down by a man with a nightstick.

A woman approaches the vice president, who is campaigning for the presidency, to ask for his help, and is mistakenly thought to have a gun (President McKinley had been assassinated not long before); she is clubbed down and killed.

A character who fails to get justice from the police or the courts resorts to vigilantism; fire stations are torched, and three people are shot. Later a character is shot as he attempts to surrender (all of this takes place offstage: the shots are heard, but the action is not seen).


Alcohol/Drugs: None.


Mature Themes:

Ragtime deals with the hope, poverty, and despair of the immigrant experience, including the fetid, unhealthy tenements, the backbreaking work, the bad food, and the minuscule pay experienced by factory workers. The story also shows the consequences of racist violence resulting in both loss of property and life, and the refusal of legal authorities to help the victims find justice.