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Show Boat
November 12–December 29

Show Boat

Music by Jerome Kern | Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Based on the novel by Edna Ferber | Directed by Rob Ruggiero

Come aboard for a true classic of American Musical Theatre. Broadway's original masterpiece combines unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and a story that moves us with its humanity. Spanning the years from 1890 to 1927, Show Boat follows the lives, loves, and losses of a troupe of riverboat performers on the mighty Mississippi, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. Its timeless score contains some of the most beautiful and emotionally charged songs ever written for a musical, including "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Make Believe." Don't miss this triumph of the American stage, playing through the holidays!

Set Design by Michael Schweikardt  
Costume Design by Amy Clark 
Lighting Design by John Lasiter 
Sound Design by Kevin Kennedy 

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We think Show Boat is an incredible show, but don't take our word for it, read the reviews!

Herald Tribune: "Show Boat comes alive in new in Asolo Rep production"   

Sarasota Magazine: "Show Boat remains a musical with undeniable impact"   

The Observer: “Evocative… stunning… all that and great music too.”    

Watch the teaser video

Explore the Show

The Nilon Report

Listen to The Nilon Report, featuring Show Boat director Rob Ruggiero, Michael James Leslie, who plays Joe, and E. Faye Butler, who plays Queenie.

Watch the Show Boat TV Promo

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