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."
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.