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Keeping in Rhythm

The Arts Theater


Doctorow was wary when the call from Toronto came four years ago. Garth Drabinsky, the maverick theater producer who runs his company like a 1930s movie mogul, had a proposition: He wanted to turn Doctorow's 1975 best seller, "Ragtime," into a musical. Drabinsky had won Tonys and made millions with "Show Boat" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," and wanted to repeat with "Ragtime."

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