"Show Boat" has been unanimously acclaimed the first great American musical, so far ahead of its time that there would be no comparable achievement for nearly two decades. This multimedia presentation examines how composer Jerome Kern and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II created this monumental 1927 masterpiece from Edna Ferber's sprawling contemporary novel. It will also touch upon early musical comedy and operetta —and not so incidentally, America’s tortured racial history in the twentieth century.
Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers, and a scripted narrative.
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