Tin Pan Alley Rag

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Michael Boatman who plays Scott Joplin, and Michael Patrick Walker the Musical Director, talk about their roles in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of the new musical "The Tin Pan Alley Rag," about an imagined meeting of two of America’s greatest musicians--composer Scott Joplin and songwriter Irving Berlin. "Tin an Alley Rag" is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street. More information and tickets here.


Michael Boatman and Michael Patrick Walker

Comments [3]

Ed from Long Island, NY

It is more than “theoretically possible” that Joplin and Irving Berlin had met. This would have been in 1910 or 1911. While Berlin was working for Ted Snyder (before Berlin became a partner in the firm), Joplin was publishing with Seminary music, which was owned by Snyder and shared office space with his more prominent company. There is both anecdotal and written evidence (in a music magazine) suggesting that Joplin and Berlin were acquainted.
I saw the show last week; though the narrative is not even close to the true history, I found the show very enjoyable.

Jul. 22 2009 11:57 AM
gina ballinger from Graz, Austria

dear leonard lopate. thank you for your program. i listen quite a lot to wnyc over here i wonder each and every day...why are there no prominent women hosts? why are still at least 3/4 of the music programs men? gina ballinger

Jul. 22 2009 11:53 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I saw "Treemonisha" something like 30 years ago when I lived in DC (at Wolf Trap, I think). When 1 of the guests on this segment mentioned Joplin's "serious music" aspirations, I immediately heard the finale in my head, even before "Treemonisha" was mentioned!

Jul. 21 2009 12:59 PM

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