Friday, September 4
With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, it is based on the best selling novel “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber which follows the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, Mississippi River show boat, over forty years, from 1887 to 1927. It tells a powerful story of racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love including classic songs "Ol' Man River", "Make Believe", and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"..
Revivals of Show Boat have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).
This lavish new production is being Directed by Daniel Evans (Anything Goes, My Fair Lady), designed by Lez Brotherston with choreography by Alistair David.
The strong cast includes Gina Beck who will play aspiring performer Magnolia (Nolie) Hawks who falls in love with and marries suave, handsome but no-good riverboat gambler Gaylord Ravenal, played by Michael Xavier. Rebecca Trehearn is the mixed race singer Julie, who suffers because she’s not ‘all white’, Allan Corduner will play Cap’n Andy and Lucy Briers will play Parthy (the couple in charge of the Cotton Blossom floating theatre). Sandra Marvin is ship's cook Queenie. Emmanuel Kojo will play black dock worker Joe who sings Ol’ Man River.
The cast will be completed by: Ian Carlyle (Charlie), John Coates (Sherrif Ike Vallon), Danny Collins (Frank Schultz), Adam Dutton (Windy), Nolan Frederick (Jake), Bob Harms (Steve Baker), Kate Milner-Evans (Mrs O'Brien), Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Willy), Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley), Ryan Pidgen (Pete Gavin) with Akintunde Esuruoso, Victoria Hinde, Cristina Hoey, Linda John-Pierre, Linford Johnson, Maria Omakinwa and Kenny Thompson
Tickets for Show Boat