Ragtime School Edition

A sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.

Ragtime School Edition


Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2


A sweeping musical portrait of early-twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream.


Ragtime School Edition is a very large 22+ piece orchestration which has 2 keyboard books both with programming.Both books will require exceptional pianists to play that have familiarity with keyboard programming. These books are very rewarding to learn and play.

Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book with many of the iconic parts. Along with various acoustic pianos, there are around 25 other sounds including celeste, brass, woodwinds, strings, harmonica, and even a hurdy-gurdy.

Keyboard 2 has over 40 individual instruments ranging from orchestral to synth with various sound effects as well.


Book by: Terrence McNally
Music by: Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel “Ragtime” by: E.L. Doctorow
Musical Director: James Moore
Music orchestrated and arranged by: William David Brohn


Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical, Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime was the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, and has now been adapted for high school performers. Called by TIME Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” Ragtime School Edition is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Ragtime School Edition has become a favorite of schools across the country and a valuable teaching tool with which educators can discuss such issues as class and prejudice, social conditions, immigration and the history of America itself. The show’s many characters offer opportunities for many performers, and the vocal arrangements are slightly rearranged for student voices.


MTI Access Code

If you have obtained the performance rights for this show, please enter the Access Code provided to your organization by MTI to automatically verify your license and proceed to payment. If you do not have this Access Code or have not yet obtained the rights, you can still proceed by choosing your programming and filling out the short form below. You will have an opportunity to upload your contract or have us manually verify your license prior to payment. Once that process is complete, you will receive an email with an invoice and link for payment before receiving download instructions for the programming.

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Our keyboard patches require the industry standard MainStage 3® application available only in the Apple App Store. This is only available for Mac computers running MacOS. MainStage® is NOT available for Mac iOS devices such as the iPad. We apologize that our programming is not available for Windows users at this time.

  • Select EACH part/book you would like to license programming for.
  • Each book selected requires a separate computer running MainStage 3®.
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