Show Boat spans several decades, exploring the lives and relationships of the performers, stagehands, and workers aboard a Mississippi River showboat. The musical tackles issues such as racial prejudice, love, and societal changes. The central love story involves Magnolia Hawks, the daughter of the showboat’s owner, and Gaylord Ravenal, a charming gambler. As their lives intertwine with those of the diverse characters on the boat, Show Boat delves into the complexities of race and class during a transformative period in American history.
Musical Type: Jazz Age (1927)
Cast Size: 30+
Music: Jerome Kern
Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II
Audition Songs: Theatre Trip
Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝
Sheet Music: Musicnotes➝
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