WRTI Spotlight
3:24 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Show Boat on June 16th at 1 pm

You can't help but love Jerome Kern's Show Boat! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety, and an unmistakably American atmosphere. It's one memorable, heart-wrenching song after another : “Ol’ Man River”...“Make Believe”...“You Are Love”...“Bill”...“Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

Nathan Gunn and Ashley Brown star in this production. Join us on Saturday, June 16th from 1 to 4 pm.

Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to “Roaring '20s” Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk — deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country.

Unforgettable songs, and an epic story that moves us with its humanity, Show Boat is both great entertainment and great art.

Music by Jerome Kern
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber

Read an article: Show Boat - The Evolution of an American Masterpiece

Watch an overview video

CAST:
Ravenal: Nathan Gunn
Magnolia: Ashley Brown
Julie: Alyson Cambridge
Joe: Morris Robinson
Queenie: Angela Renée Simpson
Capt. Andy: Ross Lehman
Ellie: Erika Mac
Frank: Bernie Yvon
Parthy: Cindy Gold
CONDUCTOR:  John DeMain
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

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