Rags: A New American Musical: Questions, Comments, etc.
Dear Musicals.Net Posters,
I am currently falling in love with the musical Rags! The following YouTube videos will give you an idea as to why I'm falling in love with this musical:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vnpp7mZOyMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlLelF6Fa2A&feature=related
(NOTE: Slight lyric change by artist?)
I first developed a vague interest in the musical when I realized that it related to The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
, the 100th commemoration of which occurs on March 25th of this year. I am a disaster movie/ story buff, and I also like reading about real historical events, too.
I'd love to be able to present the soundtrack from Rags, but the history of the musical sort of confuses me slightly, and the soundtrack(s) seem(s) rather tough to get. I also wish to heck that there was a karaoke c.d. for the musical, because there's at least ONE song from the soundtrack that I'd like to be able to record in several different ways (Broadway, Country Western, etc.). If I can't find a karaoke c.d., I'm going to have to be old-fashioned, try to play the piano myself, and cobble a few recordings together from separate tapes, etc. LOL!
To my knowledge, the musical debuted during 1986, but there were so many characters in the musical that it failed miserably. The musical was then supposedly reworked for 1991, and a TON of characters were eliminated (The cast was pared down to 9? characters?); the narration was all delivered by one character...? Apparently, the cast was widened to about 15 people for the 1999 reworking of the musical.
As I said, the many renditions of the musical confuse me. I can only seem to find the 1991 soundtrack online, and I don't even know if a 1999 soundtrack exists. I may have seen the '86 soundtrack, but I'm not certain about that, and I don't even really know how the soundtrack covers differ, or who starred in the 3 main renditions of the musical. I know that Judy Kuhn starred in the 1986 rendition of Rags.
If you know anything else about the musical, and/ or if you're just a fan of the musical, feel free to discuss it.
Thank you in advance for your replies.