Monday, April 10, 2017


Joseph Stein (Book); Charles Strouse (Music); Stephen Schwartz (Lyrics)

Recent Refugees Arrive in "Rags"
In 1989, a little company in Palo Alto called TheatreWorks  staged a version of Rags -- a 1986, major Broadway failure -- that both helped establish the company’s national reputation as well as send the musical on a long journey of periodic revisions and revivals to keep alive this story of America’s history that still speaks of all our histories.  And now under the inspired, heart-felt direction of Robert Kelley, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley revives nearly thirty years later its latest rendition of Rags --  one that is truly epic in its opera-like breadth and depth and yet one that is grippingly personal in its focus on the individual, immigrant experience.

For my full review of this must-see production, please follow the link to Talkin' Broadway: 

Rating: 5 E

Rags continues through April 30, 2017 at at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.  Tickets are available online at  or by calling 650-463-1960, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.

Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

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