As The Cotton Blossom docks in Mississippi, follow Cap’n Andy Hawks and his extended family on a journey of love and heartbreak. Revolutionary for its exploration of serious themes such as racism, Show Boat blends humanity and humor with plenty of hit tunes including “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Make Believe.”

“Show Boat is based on the classic novel by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Edna Ferber. Her story took a clear-eyed, revolutionary look at the sprawling, messy society of the post-Emancipation years, the Industrial Revolution, and the conflicts between the North and South—issues still with us today. Kern wrapped it in joyous and heart-breaking songs that have become part of the fabric of our lives. The work is compellingly historic and contemporary all at once.” – Francesca Zambello, director

Find the full plot synopsis and suggested further reading here.

Presented in English with projected English text.

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Lauren Snouffer, Magnolia Hawks

Michael Adams, Gaylord Ravenal

Alyson Cambridge, Julie La Verne

Lara Teeter+, Cap’n Andy Hawks

Klea Blackhurst, Parthy Ann Hawks

Judith Skinner, Queenie

Justin Hopkins, Joe

Schyler Vargas, Frank Schultz

Abigail Paschke, Ellie Mae Chipley

Grant Wenaus, Jake

Charles H. Eaton, Steve Baker/Max

Kameron Lopreore, Sheriff Vallon/Bartender

Spencer Hamlin, Pete

Maxwell Levy, Hotel Manager/1st Drunk/Emcee

Tucker Reed Breder, Beau/Dancer

Joshua Kring, Beau/Dancer

Spencer Britten, Beau/Dealer/Dancer

Joanna Latini, Miss/1st Girl/Lottie/Mother Superior

Kayla Siembieda, Miss/2nd Girl/Landlady/Dolly

Rachel Kay, Miss/Dancer

Haley Ayers, Miss/Teen Kim/Dancer

Marie Woodward, Miss/Lady on the Levee

Edward Graves, Stevedore

Aaron T. Jenkins, Stevedore

Camron Gray, Stevedore

Allen Michael Jones, Stevedore

Burke Herrick, Stevedore

Ben Guevara-Chancey, Stevedore

Austin Odell, Stevedore

Jawan Cliff-Morris, Stevedore/Bellhop 1/Waiter/Dancer

Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson, Stevedore/Bellhop 2/Waiter/Dancer

Imara Miles, Working Gal

Brea Renetta Marshall, Working Gal

Mia Athey, Working Gal/Dancer

Danielle Jackman, Working Gal/Dancer

Jasmine Harris, Working Gal/Dancer

Bella Rose Crowe, Young Kim

Artistic Team

James Lowe, Conductor

Francesca Zambello, Director

Audrey Chait, Assistant Director

E. Loren Meeker, Co-Director

Eric Sean Fogel, Choreographer

John DeMain, Musical Supervisor

Kamna Gupta, Assistant Conductor

Grant Wenaus, Principal Coach

Katherine Kozak, Chorus Master

Aurelia Andrews, Second Pianist/ Youth Chorus Master

Dmitry Glivinskiy, Third Pianist

Peter J. Davison, Set Designer

Paul Tazewell, Costume Designer

Loren Shaw, Associate Costume Designer

Mark McCullough, Lighting Designer

Samantha M. Wootten, Hair & Makeup Designer

Kelley Rourke, Projected Titles

‡ member of the Young Artists Program
+member of Actors’ Equity Association