Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The New York Times is wild about Ragtime

It only took 47 years, but the New York Times finally got around to reviewing E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. And they like it! I look forward to their review of the musical in 20 years.

Seriously, this excellent "Book Club" retrospective appeared online last week, but the Sunday print edition showcased Houdini in the title and with a key image, as you can see above.

I was just thinking the other day that Ragtime might be ripe for a movie remark or perhaps as a limited series on streaming. We are coming up on the 50th anniversary. Just saying.

Thanks to Todd Karr for the image and patron Steven Anthony Medwetz for the alert.



  1. There is a miniseries in development, the pilot to be written by the playwright Lynn Nottage and her husband Tony Gerber. This will be an adaptation of EL Doctorow's book, not the musical. This is for Paramount Plus.

    1. Holy smokes! I had no idea. Great news. Thanks OT. Looks like I'll be getting Paramount Plus. :)

  2. She's a marvelous writer. I have high hopes.

  3. I think a limited series would be great. Houdini's part in the movie was reduced to him escaping from a straight jacket. The movie was great and I feel to cover everything from the book, they would have to do it parts.