skip navigation | text only | accessibility | site map
WNO Show Boat (Scott Suchman)

Washington National Opera: Show Boat

Featuring legendary songs like "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," in a spectacular new production, "this joyous, beautifully mounted entertainment should keep rolling along for a long while to come" (Chicago Tribune).

  • May 4 - 26, 2013
  • Opera House
  • 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • $40.00 - $260.00
This event has already closed.
Please use the event calendar to search for current events.

About

Show Boat
Music by Jerome Kern
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber
Company Premiere & New Production
Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera Association, & Houston Grand Opera

This spectacular new production of Show Boat, Broadway's original masterpiece, brings unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story together to make great entertainment and great art. With something in store around every bend as the Cotton Blossom travels the Mississippi with a troupe of riverboat performers, Julie, Joe, Queenie, and of course Magnolia and Ravenal make their way through the decades, navigating the trials of show business, love, and loss in a landscape overshadowed by racial inequality. 
 
The legendary songs of Show Boat--like "Ol' Man River," "You Are Love," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Bill," and many more--will be performed the way the composer intended, with a full orchestra and robust chorus, in this production created by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by John DeMain.
 
"This joyous, beautifully mounted entertainment should keep rolling along for a long while to come."
--Chicago Tribune
 
Conductor: John DeMain
Director: Francesca Zambello
Choreographer: Michele Lynch
Associate Director: E. Loren Meeker
Set Designer: Peter J. Davison
Costume Designer: Paul Tazewell
Lighting Designer: Mark McCullough

COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Beginning 1 hour before each performance and lasting approx. 20–25 minutes

Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. These education events are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Show Boat.
May 4 at 6 (on the Millennium Stage): Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
May 6 at 6 & May 7 at 6:30: Francesca Zambello, artistic director; 
May 8 at 6:30: David Foti, production director; 
May 10 at 6:30: Ken Weiss, music administrator; 
May 11 at 6: Paul Taylor, technical director; 
May 12 at 1: Andy Hammerstein, grandson of librettist Oscar Hammerstein II; 
May 17 at 6:30: Kelley Rourke, WNO dramaturg; 
May 18 at 6 & May 21 at 6:30: Andrew Jorgensen, director of artistic planning;
May 19 at 1 & May 25 at 6: John DeMain, Show Boat conductor; 
May 24 at 6:30: Michael Heaston, director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program;
May 26 at 1: Michael Mael, WNO executive director. 

O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., May 16 at 6:15 p.m. with Saul Lilienstein, musicologist. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Artist Q&As follow the performances on: Sun., May 12, 19, & 26. Artist Q&As are free, but patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.

Performed in English with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Performance Timing:  2 hours, 50 min.: Act I - 85 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 60 min.


Watch and Listen

Making of Opera: Developing Young Artists - National Anthem

As a cornerstone of WNO's commitment to the future of opera, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is dedicated to cultivating successful careers for its Young Artists and sharing their talents with audiences around the world. Featuring Soloman Howard.
Making of Opera: Developing Young Artists - Show Boat

As a cornerstone of WNO's commitment to the future of opera, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is dedicated to cultivating successful careers for its Young Artists and sharing their talents with audiences around the world. Featuring Soloman Howard.
Show Boat: Creating the Vision - 1/4 (Overview)

Show Boat: Creating the Vision - 2/4 (Choreography)

Show Boat: Creating the Vision - 3/4 (Music)

Show Boat: Creating the Vision - 4/4 (Sets)

Making of Opera: Developing Young Artists - Kickoff Meeting

As a cornerstone of WNO's commitment to the future of opera, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is dedicated to cultivating successful careers for its Young Artists and sharing their talents with audiences around the world. Featuring Soloman Howard.
Making of Opera: Developing Young Artists - Italian Lessons

As a cornerstone of WNO's commitment to the future of opera, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is dedicated to cultivating successful careers for its Young Artists and sharing their talents with audiences around the world. Featuring Soloman Howard.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 1 of 8: Show Boat: Our changing perspectives (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 2 of 8: 1887: On the Cotton Blossom in Natchez, Miss. (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 3 of 8: Julie’s Secret (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 4 of 8: Magnolia and Gaylord (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 5 of 8: Kern and Hammerstein (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 6 of 8: 1893: At the Chicago World’s Fair (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 7 of 8: 1903: Down and out in Chicago (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.
WNO Commentary: Show Boat 8 of 8: 1927: On the Cotton Blossom (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Show Boat, featuring insights about the music and history. Watch the WNO's production of Show Boat running from May 4th to May 26th, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

Related Events

Show Boat: Creating the Vision Join WNO Artistic Dir. and Show Boat director Francesca Zambello and other creative team members behind this spectacular new production, for a discussion about how they brought new life to this classic work.

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

This event has already closed.

Please use the event calendar to search for current events.

Loading...