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Show Boat




A classic musical from Hammerstein and Kern based on Edna Ferber's novel of the same name. The first Broadway score ever to have a coherent plot and integrated songs.


Story:

Showboat is the story of the Hawks family and their showboat troop of actors aboard the Cotton Blossom floating theater.


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Lyrics for the Musical's Songs



Composer

Composer
Jerome Kern

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Oscar Hammerstein II



  • Premiere
  • 1932
  • 1946
  • 1948
  • 1954
  • 1983
  • 1994
  • 1936 Film
  • 1951 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Ziegeld Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 27, 1927
Total Performances
572
Original Cast
Jules Bledsoe, Alan Campbell, Bert Chapman, Laura Clairon, Jack Daley, Ted Daniels, Dorothy Denese, Charles Ellis, Robert Farley, Estelle Floyd, Thomas Gunn, Annette Harding, Annie Hart, Aunt Jemima, J. Louis Johnson, Tana Kamp, Francis X. Mahoney, Howard Marsh, Helen Morgan, Dagmar Oakland, Edna May Oliver, Eva Puck, Mildred Schewenke, Eleanor Shaw, Phil Sheridan, Norma Terris, Sammy White, Charles Winninger, Jack Wynn
Director
Zeke Colvan and Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreographer
Sammy Lee
Producer
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
Musical Director
Victor Baravalle
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Joseph Urban
Costume Design
John Harkrider

1932 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Casino Theatre
Opening Night
May 19, 1932
Total Performances
180
Original Cast
A. Alan Campbell, Laura Clairon, Jack Daley, Dorothy Denese, Evelyn Eaton, Charles Ellis, Robert Faricy, Estelle Floyd, Tess Gardella, Thomas Gunn, Annie Hart, Mari Hellgren, Maurine Holmes, J. Louis Johnson, Tana Kamp, Dennis King, Francis X. Mahoney, Helen Morgan, Edna May Oliver, Eva Puck, Paul Robeson, James Swift, Norma Terris, Gladstone Waldrup, Gertrude Walker, Sammy White, Charles Winninger
Director
Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreographer
Sammy Lee
Producer
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
Musical Director
Oscar Bradley and Sammy Lee
Scenic Design
Joseph Urban
Costume Design
John Harkrider

1946 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Ziegfeld Theatre
Opening Night
Jan 5, 1946
Total Performances
418
Original Cast
Robert Allen, Seldon Bennett, Carol Bruce, Ralph Chambers, Jan Clayton, Jack Daley, Helen Dowdy, Ralph Dumke, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Floyd, Howard Frank, Charles Fredericks, Lydia Fredericks, La Verne French, Nancy Kenyon, Colette Lyons, Alyce Mace, Francis X. Mahoney, Iris Manley, Claude Marchant, Assotta Marshall, Scott Moore, Ethel Owen, Pearl Primus, Jean Reeves, Duncan Scott, Max Showalter, Frederica Slemons, Kenneth Spencer, Alma Sutton, Charles Tate, Willie Torpey
Director
Hassard Short
Choreographer
Helen Tamiris
Producer
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Director
Edwin McArthur
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design
Howard Bay
Costume Design
Lucinda Ballard

1948 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Sep 19, 1948
Total Performances
15
Original Cast
Clare Alden, Gordon Alexander, Fred Ardath, Seldon Bennett, King Brill, Fred Brookins, Carol Bruce, Pamela Caveness, Sara Dillon, Danice Dodson, Helen Dowdy, Robert Fleming, Sarah Floyd, Howard Frank, La Verne French, Ruth Gates, Billy House, Elaine Hume, Ann Lloyd, Assota Marshall, Sylvia Myers, Gerald Prosk, Walter Russell, Gloria Smith, Norwood Smith, William C. Smith, George Spellman, Janet Van Derveer, Lorraine Waldman, Sammy White
Producer
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

1954 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
May 5, 1954
Total Performances
15
Original Cast
Boris Aplon, Ann Barry, Marilyn Bladd, Helena Bliss, Diana Drake, Donn Driver, Sarah Floyd, Robert Gallagher, Marjorie Gateson, Ellen Gleason, Lawrence Haynes, Laurel Hurley, Burl Ives, Milton Lyon, Roland Miles, Dorothy Mirr, Arthur Newman, Adele Newton, Helen Phillips, Thomas R. Powell, Robert Rounseville, Gloria Sacks, Bill Smith, Greta Thormsen, Lawrence Winters, Gloria Wynder
Director
William Hammerstein
Producer
New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director
Julius Rudel
Scenic Design
Howard Bay
Costume Design
John Boyt
Lighting Design
Jean Rosenthal

1983 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Uris Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 24, 1983
Total Performances
73
Original Cast
Lonette McKee, Donald O'Connor, Ron Raines, Sheryl Woods, Karla Burns, Avril Gentles, Bruce Hubbard, Paul Keith, Paige O'Hara, P.L. Brown, Karen Culliver, Richard Dix, James Gedge, Larry Hansen, Randy Hansen, Jacob Mark Hopkin, Lynda Karen, Dale Kristien, Glenn Martin, Linda Milani, Gloria Parker, Tracy Paul, Mary Rocco, Wayne Turnage, Lewis White
Director
Michael Kahn
Choreographer
Dorothy Danner
Producer
James M. Nederlander, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Musical Director
John DeMain
Scenic Design
Herbert Senn and Helen Pond
Costume Design
Molly Maginnis
Lighting Design
Thomas Skelton
Sound Design
Richard Fitzgerald

1994 Broadway Revival

Theatre
George Gershwin Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 2, 1994
Total Performances
947
Original Cast
Mark Jacoby, Rebecca Luker, Lonette McKee, John McMartin, Elaine Stritch, Michel Bell, Joel Blum, Gretha Boston, Doug LaBrecque, Dorothy Stanley, Tammy Amerson, Larissa Auble, David Bryant, Karen Curlee, Lorraine Foreman, Danielle Greaves, Louise-Marie Mennier, Mike O'Carroll, Michael Scott, Sheila Smith, Bob Walton, Ralph Williams
Director
Harold Prince
Choreographer
Susan Stroman
Producer
Livent, Inc.
Orchestrations
Robert Russell Bennett and William David Brohn
Scenic Design
Eugene Lee
Costume Design
Florence Klotz
Lighting Design
Richard Pilbrow

1936 Film Version

Movie Name
Show Boat
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
James Whale
Screenplay
Edna Ferber and Oscar Hammerstein II
Starring
Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger

1951 Film Version

Movie Name
Show Boat
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
George Sidney
Screenplay
John Lee Mahin
Starring
Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel




CDs

CD
Reconstruction of the Original Broadway Version with the London Sinfonietta

CD
1946 Broadway Revival Cast Album

CD
1962 Studio Cast Album

CD
1966 Lincoln Center Cast Album

CD
1988 Studio Cast Album

CD
1993 Toronto Revival Cast Album

CD
Motion Picture Soundtrack


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections

Sheetmusic
Vocal Score


Videos

DVD
1951 Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
1936 Hollywood Version DVD


Other

Merchandise




1983 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actress in a Musical - Lonette McKee
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Karla Burns
Best Direction of a Musical

1983 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Karla Burns
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Bruce Hubbard

1995 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Gretha Boston
Best Costume Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Mark Jacoby
Best Actor in a Musical - John McMartin
Best Actress in a Musical - Rebecca Luker
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Michel Bell
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Joel Blum

1995 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Lonette McKee
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Elaine Stritch

1995 Theatre World Award Nominations

Gretha Boston

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