Show Boat

Musical - Revival

Uris Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: April 19, 1983
  • Opening Date: April 24, 1983
  • Closing Date: June 26, 1983
  • Previews: 5
  • Performances: 73

Music: Jerome Kern

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II


Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's groundbreaking musical version of Edna Ferber's novel examines the lives of Cap'n Andy and his troupe of traveling show boat performers, including his naïve daughter Magnolia, her gambling husband Gaylord Ravenal, the tragic mixed-race actress Julie, and black stevedore Joe, who marvels at the constancy of the "Ol' Man River" they travel on.


Opening Night Cast

Lonette McKee in Show Boat Lonette McKee Julie
Donald O'Connor in Show Boat Donald O'Connor Cap'n Andy
Ron Raines in Show Boat Ron Raines Gaylord Ravenal
Sheryl Woods Magnolia
Karla Burns Queenie
Avril Gentles Parthy Ann Hawks
Paul Keith Frank
Paige O'Hara Ellie
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Opening Night Production Credits

Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Book
  Jerome Kern Music
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics
P. G. Wodehouse P. G. Wodehouse Lyrics for "Bill"
  Michael Kahn Director
  Dorothy Danner Choreographer
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1982 - 1983

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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1983 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Bruce A. Hubbard Nominee
1983 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Karla Burns Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1983 Actress in a Musical Lonette McKee Nominee
1983 Direction of a Musical Michael Kahn Nominee
1983 Featured Actress in a Musical Karla Burns Nominee
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