...what the big deal was with the musical Ragtime? I've seen the movie once, and am in the process of viewing it again now, and this last week we saw a production (amateur actors but pro production and music (AFM supported performance). Although there were many things wrong with the show, even if all had been right, the music and words still sucked. I see that the music was written by the same guy who did Seusical - maybe that is the problem. (He made some very questionable decisions regarding the use of the Eb clarinet.) However, it garnered huge numbers of Tony nominations, and quite a few actual awards the year it hit. There had to be something there to stir up the theater community. What was it?