"Ragtime,” the landmark musical by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally, frankly addresses issues of racism, xenophobia, women’s rights and the immigrant experience.

Directed by Jacqueline Audry — and adapted from Dorothy Bussy’s semi-autobiographical novel by Audry’s husband, Pierre Laroche, and her sister Colette Audry — “Olivia,” set mainly at a boarding school for young girls, brims with lesbian desire.

Philadelphia’s binge-worthy opera festival, O19, is here and features legendary out conductor Gary Thor Wedow. This year, he conducts the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra in George Frideric Handel’s “Semele” beginning September 19. Wedow, a faculty member at Juilliard for 25 years and master of Handel’s rippling musicality, sat down with PGN to talk about the upcoming production.

When Broadway Dreams brings its one-night-only “Philadelphia Dreamer” musical revue to Chestnut Street’s Mandell Theatre this weekend, it will do so with the force of stars from the Great White Way.

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