Show Boat at the New London Theatre, with bookings from 9th April 2016 to 27th August 2016.
Show Boat cast moving from the Crucible Theatre to London’s West End include Gina Beck, Rebecca Trehearn and Emmanuel Kojo (as reported by Baz Bamigboye).
Read our interview with Emmanuel Kojo where he talks about Show Boat.
“Show Boat is a joyful feast for all the senses. All aboard for a West-End show with real heart.” Read our review here
Evans’ sell-out production opened at the Crucible in Sheffield on 10 December last year and after being hailed by audiences and critics alike extended booking to 23 January 2016. Show Boat is produced in the West End by David Ianwith Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin. Casting for this production will be announced shortly.
Daniel Evans said: “Show Boat is often thought to be the mother of all musicals. Hammerstein and Kern’s score continues to blow audiences away, almost 90 years later. As well as being a riveting story, the piece’s themes of family and freedom still speak to us today in a profound way. I feel proud that the production we made in Sheffield will now get to travel further afield and be experienced by yet more audiences in the capital.”
David Ian said: “I am absolutely thrilled, along with my co-producers Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin, to be bringing Daniel’s ground breaking production of Show Boat to the West End. As soon as I saw the production in Sheffield there was no doubt in my mind that we absolutely had to bring Show Boat in to London, giving West End audiences the opportunity to see this brand new version of such an incredible musical.”
Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, this lavish new production is directed by Daniel Evans and features classics of musical theatre including Make Believe, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, and the landmark Ol’ Man River.
Show Boat premiered on 27th December 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City. It is a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Show Boat is based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name. The musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over a period of forty years, from 1887 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love.
Show Boat The Musical – Trailer
Show Boat on Broadway was a watershed moment in the history of American musicals. Compared to the trivial and unrealistic operettas, light musical comedies, and “Follies” that defined Broadway in the 1890s and early 20th century, Show Boat “was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness“. The Complete Book of Light Opera.
This version of Show Boat was originally produced by Goodspeed Musicals and was adapted and directed by Rob Ruggiero and presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. The show’s Broadway premiere was in 1927.
Music by Jerome Kern
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW
9 April 2016 – 27th August 2016
Press Night: Monday 25 April 2016 at 7pm
Running time: 2 hours 40 mins including one 20 minute interval
Performances: Tuesday at 7.30pm, Wednesday 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm