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San Francisco Opera: Show Boat

Heidi Stober Magnolia Hawks | Michael Todd Simpson Gaylord Ravenal | Bill Irwin Cap’n Andy Hawks | Patricia Racette Julie La Verne | Angela Renée Simpson Queenie | and many more
Robert Carsen, production; Laurie Feldman, revival director; Michael Levine, designer; Gary Marder, lighting designer; Ian Robertson, chorus director; Alphonse Poulin, choreographer
San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is "a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long" (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as "Ol’ Man River", "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love," will sound glorious "under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain" (Chicago Tribune). Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober and Nathan Gunn head a dazzling cast. "No one should miss it" (Chicago Sun-Times). According to General Director David Gockley, "Show Boat will be done in grand opera fashion in the way the creators conceived. The Opera House is—I believe—the appropriate venue for these great classic musicals that require full-voiced, 'legit' singing." "One memorable song follows another, each an enduring thread in the fabric of American popular culture." – Chicago Tribune A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera; presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals


Show Boat: Music by Jerome Kern, Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferbe


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144 mins
Frank Zamacona
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