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Music by Jerome Kern

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II


Starring Vanessa Williams


Directed and Conducted by Ted Sperling

Assistant Directed by Jason Blitman


November 5-8, 2014

New York Philharmonic

Avery Fisher Hall


Based on a bestselling novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat tells the 40-year story of the lives of

performers, stagehands, and dock workers who are the denizens of the Cotton Blossom,a Mississippi River show boat. The New Yorker noted that the show “was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness,” moving beyond the light and airy plots of previous operettas and musical comedies with its serious subjects of racial prejudice and tragic love. Highlights include “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Broadway’s most revived and revised work, Show Boat was the first musical ever performed by an opera company — by New York City Opera in 1954. Recent productions have garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).





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