Ragtime Will Be Newly Orchestrated for a Chamber Version in Chicago | Playbill

News Ragtime Will Be Newly Orchestrated for a Chamber Version in Chicago The musical will be part of Griffin Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season.
The cast of the 2009 revival of Ragtime Joan Marcus

Griffin Theatre Company’s 2016-17 season will include a newly orchestrated, chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, re-imagined by director Scott Weinstein (Titanic, Bat Boy: The Musical).

Matt Deitchman will provide the new orchestrations for Ragtime— with two pianos, a wind instrument and 20 actors—which features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Terrence McNally.

Directed by Weinstein, performances will run May 27-July 16, 2017, at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

Ragtime was recently seen in an immersive concert version at Ellis Island. Read about it here.

The season will also feature a rare revival of Maxwell Anderson’s 1930s drama Winterset, directed by ensemble member Jonathan Berry (November 19-December 23); and the world premiere of In to America, a 400-year journey through the immigrant experience written by artistic director Bill Massolia and directed by Dorothy Milne (March 18-April 23, 2017).

Additionally, the previously announced The Bristol Sessions, with a book by Griffin artistic director Massolia and directed by Kevin Kingston, will have a concert reading in spring 2017 (date to be announced). The musical detailing the “Big Bang Moment of Country Music” follows record producer Ralph Peer’s series of recording sessions at the Taylor-Christian Hat and Glove Company in Bristol, TN.

The full season will be presented at The Den Theatre at 1329-1335 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For additional information, visit GriffinTheatre.com.

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