Show Boat

Musical - Original

Ziegfeld Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: December 27, 1927
  • Closing Date: May 4, 1929
  • Previews:
  • Performances: 572

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

Jules Bledsoe Joe
Alan Campbell Windy
Bert Chapman Pete
Old Sport
Jack Daley Jim
Dorothy Denese La Belle Fatima
Charles Ellis Steve
Robert Farley Jake
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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
  Zeke Colvan Staging
Oscar Hammerstein II Oscar Hammerstein II Staging
  Sammy Lee Choreographer
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Videos (1)


Shows That Opened That Season: 1927 - 1928

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