(Feb. 7-11) — NYU Steinhardt is presenting a new revival of "Rags," the 1986 Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical exploring the Jewish immigrant experience in Manhattan's Lower East Side at the turn of the century. The show is being workshopped at NYU to incorporate themes that are particularly resonant given the national debate around immigration.

"Rags" was born out of numerous requests the original book writer Joe Stein, a first-generation American, received to write a sequel to his 1964 hit, "Fiddler on the Roof," and was performed at the American Jewish Theatre in New York City in 1991. This newest revival at NYU — revised by playwright David Thompson and directed by Gabriel Barre, who performed in the 1986 original — reinstates a scene from the American Jewish Theatre revival while raising new questions about what it is we stand for in this country. It also deals with the events of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that occurred one block from the theatre where the show is being performed. The score is by Charles Strouse ("Bye Bye Birdie," "Annie") and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked," "Godspell"). Stephen has been involved with workshopping this new version.

Sadly, the great Joe Stein passed away just a few years ago, but with the blessing of Joe’s widow, Elisa Stein, Charles and Stephen brought in playwright David Thompson to revise the book to the show. Together they have created a new version of "Rags" for our times.



Friday, February 8, 2019 - 8:00pm


Frederick Loewe Theatre
35 W. 4th St.
New York, NY 10014


Edward Carlson


$20; $10 non-NYU students and NYU alumni (limit 2 per ID); $5 seniors and NYU students, faculty, and staff

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