Ragtime [Original Cast Recording] [Bonus Track]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens, and librettist Terrence McNally's stage musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime took a long time to get to Broadway, with full-scale productions in Toronto and Los Angeles dating back more than a year before the New York opening, and they used that time well. One need only compare the 1998 original Broadway cast album to the 1996 studio cast album called Songs From Ragtime the Musical to see the differences, as the later version is much refined and improved. A major difference, of course, is sheer length -- the Broadway version, on two CDs running more than two hours, is twice as long -- but that's an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Stephen Flaherty, lyricist Lynn Ahrens, and librettist Terrence McNally's stage musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime took a long time to get to Broadway, with full-scale productions in Toronto and Los Angeles dating back more than a year before the New York opening, and they used that time well. One need only compare the 1998 original Broadway cast album to the 1996 studio cast album called Songs From Ragtime the Musical to see the differences, as the later version is much refined and improved. A major difference, of course, is sheer length -- the Broadway version, on two CDs running more than two hours, is twice as long -- but that's an important distinction for a show as ambitious and broadly based as Ragtime. Doctorow's plot embraces both several dramatic stories and a group of historical figures for an extensive examination of social life in the U.S. at the turn of the 19th century, and the earlier disc seemed scattered, while the full-length version brings all the strains together. Flaherty's music, relying heavily on ragtime itself and other early 20th century popular styles, unifies the stories, and Ahrens' lyrics bring out the similarities of theme among them. The result is a tapestry that fulfills Doctorow's intentions admirably and competes successfully with the large-scale musicals of the 1980s that always seemed to come over from Europe. Brian Stokes Mitchell remains a standout in the cast but, among the improvements, the creators have found more for Audra McDonald to do a neat trick, since her character is killed off at the end of Act I, and she too is impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266316724
  • Catalog Number: 63167
  • Sales rank: 2,064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ratime - Nick Rose (3:12)
  2. 2 Goodbye My Love - Marin Mazzie (2:13)
  3. 3 Journey On - Peter Friedman (3:38)
  4. 4 The Crime of the Century - Steven Sutcliffe (2:06)
  5. 5 Gettin' Ready Rag - Steven Sutcliffe (3:07)
  6. 6 Henry Ford - Lea Michele (1:38)
  7. 7 Your Daddy's Son - Jim Corti (3:43)
  8. 8 New Music - Monica Patton (4:04)
  9. 9 Wheels of a Dream - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:39)
  10. 10 The Night That Goldman Spoke at Union Square - Brian Stokes Mitchell (2:15)
  11. 11 Gliding - Lea Michele (2:14)
  12. 12 'till We Reach That Day - Audra McDonald (4:32)
  13. 13 What a Game! - Brian Stokes Mitchell (2:34)
  14. 14 Coalhouse's Soliloquy - Steven Sutcliffe (1:55)
  15. 15 He Wanted to Say - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:52)
  16. 16 Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. - Lea Michele (2:05)
  17. 17 Our Children - Peter Friedman (2:21)
  18. 18 The Show Biz - David Mucci (3:13)
  19. 19 Back to Before - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:47)
  20. 20 Make Them Hear You - Audra McDonald (2:46)
  21. 21 Wheels of a Dream (Reprise) - Brian Stokes Mitchell (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Entr'acte (1:10)
  2. 2 Harry Houdini, Master Escapist - Jim Corti (0:58)
  3. 3 Coalhouse's Soliloquy - Brian Stokes Mitchell (1:36)
  4. 4 Coalhouse Demands (3:56)
  5. 5 What a Game - Mark Jacoby (3:07)
  6. 6 Fire in the City - Brian Stokes Mitchell (0:51)
  7. 7 Atlantic City - Jim Corti (5:35)
  8. 8 Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. - Peter Friedman (2:32)
  9. 9 Our Children - Peter Friedman (3:29)
  10. 10 Harlem Nightclub (0:32)
  11. 11 Sarah Brown Eyes - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:27)
  12. 12 He Wanted to Say - Brian Stokes Mitchell (2:34)
  13. 13 Back to Before - Marin Mazzie (3:49)
  14. 14 Look What You've Done - David Mucci (6:01)
  15. 15 Make Them Hear You - Brian Stokes Mitchell (2:11)
  16. 16 Epilogue: Ragtime/Wheels of a Dream (Reprise) (3:56)
  17. 17 The Ragtime Symphonic Suite (8:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Kaye cast
Steve Hunter Synthesizer
John Mauceri Conductor
Robert Bonfiglio Harmonica
Karen Andrew Ensemble
Heinz Boshard Viola
Larry Daggett cast
Lance Elbeck Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
Lovena Fox Ensemble
Chris Jaudes Trumpet
Olivia Koppell Viola
Bob Leonard Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Brian Leonard Percussion
Jesse Levy Celli
Steve McDade Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Earl McIntyre Tuba, Baritone Horn
Brian Mitchell Track Performer
Marty Morell Percussion, Drums
John Pintavalle Violin
Jim Pirie Guitar, Mandolin
Tony Posk Violin
Sharon Prater Cello
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Sheila Reinhold Violin
Paul Riggio French Horn
Wendy Rose Violin
Leon Williams Ensemble
Alastair Kay Trombone
Christopher Cardona Violin
Charles Gordon Trombone
Vivian Israel Celli
Steve Marzullo Synthesizer, Piano
Lynnette Perry Track Performer, cast
Dean Plank Bass Trombone
Lesa Terry Violin
Paul Woodiel Concert Master
Marin Mazzie Track Performer, cast
Angela Teek Ensemble
Nicole Zarry Violin
Nick Rose Track Performer
Todd Reynolds Violin
David Loud Piano, Conductor, Soloist, Musical Direction
Bruce Doctor Percussion
Jeff Kievit Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Johnny Fanning Ensemble
Susan Follari Viola
Blair Lawhead Violin
Margaret Magill Violin
Lisa Pike French Horn
Ted Sperling Conductor
Gregory Utzig Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
James Wallenberg Violin
Bruce Winant Ensemble, cast
Gordon Stanley Ensemble, cast
Maria Calabrese Ensemble
Les Allt Flute, Piccolo
Sandy Barter Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clare Scholtz English Horn, Oboe
Stephen Lee Anderson Ensemble
Audra McDonald Track Performer, cast
David McFadden Violin, Concert Master
Alec Catherwood Violin
Alec Chiasson French Horn
Alex Strange cast
Artur Jansons Viola
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner Violin
Rod Campbell cast
Mark Jacoby Track Performer, cast
Panchali Null Ensemble
Mike O'Carroll cast
Kevin Bogue Ensemble, cast
Patty Goble Ensemble
Keith Lamelle Thomas Ensemble, cast
James C. Moore Synthesizer
Al Brown & His Tunetoppers Viola
Heather Headley Ensemble
Peter Friedman cast
Steven Sutcliffe cast
Jim Corti Track Performer, cast
Brian Stokes Mitchell cast
Falconer Abraham Ensemble
Winona Zelenka Cello
Rebecca Spencer Ensemble
William Michals Ensemble
Brian Miller Flute, Piccolo
Terry Holowach Violin
Marilyn Caskey Ensemble
David Mucci Ensemble, cast
Shaun Amyot Ensemble
Bernard Dotson Ensemble
Paula Newsome Ensemble
Richard Clark Viola
PatteƩ Cohen Harp
Maya DeForest Violin
Bill Meredith English Horn, Oboe
Igor Portnoi Ensemble
Orgena Rose Ensemble
Lea Michele cast
Robert Pilon Ensemble
Owen Kotler Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet
Anne L. Nathan Ensemble, cast
Corey Gemmell Violin
Rodrick Dixon Ensemble
Technical Credits
Moe Koffman Orchestration
Marty Bell Liner Notes, Creative Coordinator
William David Brohn Orchestration
Terrence McNally Book
James Nichols Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
Garth H. Drabinsky Executive Producer
Stephen Flaherty Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Ted Sperling Director
Marie Bryant Publicity
David Krane Arranger
Lynn Ahrens Composer
Wayne Wolfe Publicity
Scott Albert Johnson Art Direction
James P. Nichols Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved IT!!!

    I loved Ragtime sooooo... much!! I recomend ot to evreyone. Some the songs alomost mayed me cry, You are your dadies son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The people call it Ragtime

    An excellent cd, but I wish it had Sarah Brown Eye's on it. Love the play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Broadway Musical/ Ragtime Freak! : )

    Ragtime ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! I was in the play and it's the best I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Musical...

    I love Ragtime, and although this CD's missing quite a few songs, the quality is great. Wonderful voices, and very impressive orchesta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The people called it RAGTIME!RAGTIME!RAGTIME!

    It was the best!I LOVE RagTime!I saw the play and it had everything I thought it would have around the 1900s.My favorite songs are RagTime,Journey On,Back to Before, and Till we reach that day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST PLAY IN ,UM,................................50 YEARS!

    RAGTIME IS GREAT.I SAW THE PLAY AND NOW I'M HOOKED,YES I SAID HOOKED,ON RAGTIME.I LOVE THE SONGS RAGTIME,WHAT KIND OF WOMAN,BACK TO BEFORE,AND JOURNEY ON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ragtime is really good on stage

    I love the play and music, my favorite songs are ragtime, and gettin ready to rag

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I wish it was still there :(

    The best musical yet, those who see the tour have been slited, it cannot comapare to the origianl brodway cast, set, crew. Buy the CD, thats the only good thing that remains of this memorable play.

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