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About the Show

A classic musical based on Edna Ferber's novel of the same name.

The first Broadway score ever to have a coherent plot and integrated songs, Showboat is the story of the Hawks family and their showboat troop of actors aboard the Cotton Blossom floating theater.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Jerome Kern
Lyricist and Librettist: Oscar Hammerstein II

Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Ziegeld Theatre
Opening Night: Dec 27, 1927
Total Performances: 572
Original Cast: Jules Bledsoe, Alan Campbell, Bert Chapman, Laura Clairon, Jack Daley, Ted Daniels, Dorothy Denese, Charles Ellis, Robert Farley, Estelle Floyd, Thomas Gunn, Annette Harding, Annie Hart, Aunt Jemima, J. Louis Johnson, Tana Kamp, Francis X. Mahoney, Howard Marsh, Helen Morgan, Dagmar Oakland, Edna May Oliver, Eva Puck, Mildred Schewenke, Eleanor Shaw, Phil Sheridan, Norma Terris, Sammy White, Charles Winninger, Jack Wynn
Director: Zeke Colvan and Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreographer: Sammy Lee
Producer: Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
Musical Director: Victor Baravalle
Orchestrations: Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design: Joseph Urban
Costume Design: John Harkrider

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Casino Theatre
Opening Night: May 19, 1932
Total Performances: 180
Original Cast: A. Alan Campbell, Laura Clairon, Jack Daley, Dorothy Denese, Evelyn Eaton, Charles Ellis, Robert Faricy, Estelle Floyd, Tess Gardella, Thomas Gunn, Annie Hart, Mari Hellgren, Maurine Holmes, J. Louis Johnson, Tana Kamp, Dennis King, Francis X. Mahoney, Helen Morgan, Edna May Oliver, Eva Puck, Paul Robeson, James Swift, Norma Terris, Gladstone Waldrup, Gertrude Walker, Sammy White, Charles Winninger
Director: Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreographer: Sammy Lee
Producer: Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
Musical Director: Oscar Bradley and Sammy Lee
Scenic Design: Joseph Urban
Costume Design: John Harkrider

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Ziegfeld Theatre
Opening Night: Jan 5, 1946
Total Performances: 418
Original Cast: Robert Allen, Seldon Bennett, Carol Bruce, Ralph Chambers, Jan Clayton, Jack Daley, Helen Dowdy, Ralph Dumke, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Floyd, Howard Frank, Charles Fredericks, Lydia Fredericks, La Verne French, Nancy Kenyon, Colette Lyons, Alyce Mace, Francis X. Mahoney, Iris Manley, Claude Marchant, Assotta Marshall, Scott Moore, Ethel Owen, Pearl Primus, Jean Reeves, Duncan Scott, Max Showalter, Frederica Slemons, Kenneth Spencer, Alma Sutton, Charles Tate, Willie Torpey
Director: Hassard Short
Choreographer: Helen Tamiris
Producer: Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Director: Edwin McArthur
Orchestrations: Robert Russell Bennett
Scenic Design: Howard Bay
Costume Design: Lucinda Ballard

Broadway Revival
Theatre: City Center
Opening Night: Sep 19, 1948
Total Performances: 15
Original Cast: Clare Alden, Gordon Alexander, Fred Ardath, Seldon Bennett, King Brill, Fred Brookins, Carol Bruce, Pamela Caveness, Sara Dillon, Danice Dodson, Helen Dowdy, Robert Fleming, Sarah Floyd, Howard Frank, La Verne French, Ruth Gates, Billy House, Elaine Hume, Ann Lloyd, Assota Marshall, Sylvia Myers, Gerald Prosk, Walter Russell, Gloria Smith, Norwood Smith, William C. Smith, George Spellman, Janet Van Derveer, Lorraine Waldman, Sammy White
Producer: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Broadway Revival
Theatre: City Center
Opening Night: May 5, 1954
Total Performances: 15
Original Cast: Boris Aplon, Ann Barry, Marilyn Bladd, Helena Bliss, Diana Drake, Donn Driver, Sarah Floyd, Robert Gallagher, Marjorie Gateson, Ellen Gleason, Lawrence Haynes, Laurel Hurley, Burl Ives, Milton Lyon, Roland Miles, Dorothy Mirr, Arthur Newman, Adele Newton, Helen Phillips, Thomas R. Powell, Robert Rounseville, Gloria Sacks, Bill Smith, Greta Thormsen, Lawrence Winters, Gloria Wynder
Director: William Hammerstein
Producer: New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director: Julius Rudel
Scenic Design: Howard Bay
Costume Design: John Boyt
Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal

Broadway Revival
Theatre: Uris Theatre
Opening Night: Apr 24, 1983
Total Performances: 73
Original Cast: Lonette McKee, Donald O'Connor, Ron Raines, Sheryl Woods, Karla Burns, Avril Gentles, Bruce Hubbard, Paul Keith, Paige O'Hara, P.L. Brown, Karen Culliver, Richard Dix, James Gedge, Larry Hansen, Randy Hansen, Jacob Mark Hopkin, Lynda Karen, Dale Kristien, Glenn Martin, Linda Milani, Gloria Parker, Tracy Paul, Mary Rocco, Wayne Turnage, Lewis White
Director: Michael Kahn
Choreographer: Dorothy Danner
Producer: James M. Nederlander, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Musical Director: John DeMain
Scenic Design: Herbert Senn and Helen Pond
Costume Design: Molly Maginnis
Lighting Design: Thomas Skelton
Sound Design: Richard Fitzgerald

Broadway Revival
Theatre: George Gershwin Theatre
Opening Night: Oct 2, 1994
Total Performances: 947
Original Cast: Mark Jacoby, Rebecca Luker, Lonette McKee, John McMartin, Elaine Stritch, Michel Bell, Joel Blum, Gretha Boston, Doug LaBrecque, Dorothy Stanley, Tammy Amerson, Larissa Auble, David Bryant, Karen Curlee, Lorraine Foreman, Danielle Greaves, Louise-Marie Mennier, Mike O'Carroll, Michael Scott, Sheila Smith, Bob Walton, Ralph Williams
Director: Harold Prince
Choreographer: Susan Stroman
Producer: Livent, Inc.
Orchestrations: Robert Russell Bennett and William David Brohn
Scenic Design: Eugene Lee
Costume Design: Florence Klotz
Lighting Design: Richard Pilbrow

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