SFO's production of Show Boat, directed by Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid, The Trip to Bountiful), played June 1-July 2 at the War Memorial Opera House. It was taped for broadcast, and will be shown in Los Angeles-area movie theatres May 25, and in New York June 12. Other cities that will see the show include Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Jose and Honolulu, with more locations and dates soon to be announced.
The sweeping production, previously mounted at the Houston Grand and Washington National Operas, featured a cast that starred Tony winner Irwin (Waiting for Godot, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) as owner Cap'n Andy Hawks, Tony winner Harris ("Frasier," Thoroughly Modern Millie) as his wife Parthy Ann Hawks, Tony nominee Bolton as Frank Schultz and Broadway veteran Kirsten Wyatt (Annie, Elf) as Ellie Mae Chipley.
Supporting cast includes Sharon McNight as Mrs. O'Brien, Patricia Racette as Julie Verne, Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks, Michael Todd Simpson as Gaylord Ravenal, Angela Renee Simpson as Queenie and Morris Robinson as Joe. John DeMain leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Show Boat features choreography by Michele Lynch, sets by Peter Davison, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Mark McCullough and sound design by Tod Nixon. This San Francisco Opera co-production premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago in February 2012 and has subsequently been produced at Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera.
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