Show Boat

Uris Theatre

April 24, 1983 - June 4, 1983

Gershwin Theatre

June 5, 1983 - June 26, 1983

Previews Began: April 19, 1983

Opening Night: April 24, 1983

Closing Night: June 26, 1983

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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.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Cotton Blossom…………………………………..Ensemble
Show Boat Ballyhoo…………………………Cap’n Andy, 
                                                  Show Boat Troupe,
                                                  Townspeople
Only Make Believe……Gaylord Ravenal, Magnolia
Ol’ Man River……………………………………..Joe, Steve
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man…………..Julie, Queenie,
                                                         Magnolia, Joe,
                                                         Quartet
I Might Fall Back on You…………………..Ellie, Frank
Queenie’s Ballyhoo……………Queenie, Cap’n Andy,
                                              Ensemble
Life Upon the Wicked Stage………Ellie, Ensemble
You Are Love……………Magnolia, Gaylord Ravenal
Cakewalk and Finale……………………………Company

Act Two

At the Fair………………Sightseers, Barkers, Ushers
Why Do I Love You?….Magnolia, Gaylord Ravenal,
                                     Ensemble
Bill…………………………………………………………….Julie
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (Reprise)……Magnolia
Only Make Believe (Reprise)…….Gaylord Ravenal
Goodbye, My Lady Love……………………Frank, Ellie
After the Ball……………………………………….Magnolia
You Are Love (Reprise)……………..Gaylord Ravenal
Ol’ Man River (Reprise)…………………………………Joe
Finale………………………………………………….Company

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