Starry New York Philharmonic Show Boat Casts Its Parthy and More

News   Starry New York Philharmonic Show Boat Casts Its Parthy and More Additional casting has been announced for The New York Philharmonic's semi-staged production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, which will be presented Nov. 5–8.

Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams Photo by Matthew Murphy

As previously announced, the cast will be led by Tony nominee Vanessa Williams as Julie, Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Lauren Worsham as Magnolia, Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Tony nominee Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie, Edward Watts as Steve, Emmy nominee Fred Willard as Cap’n Andy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Queenie.

These artists will be joined by Tony-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Jane Alexander as Parthy and Erika Henningsen as Kim.

The performances will be conducted and directed by Tony winner Ted Sperling. Randy Skinner will choreograph.

The production will subsequently be broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center on a date to be announced.

Based on a best-selling novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat, according to press notes, "tells the 40-year story of the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers who are the denizens of the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat." Highlights of the score include “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

Broadway’s most-revived and revised work, Show Boat was the first musical ever performed by an opera company — by New York City Opera in 1954. Recent productions have garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).

Tickets for Show Boat start at $89 by visiting nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656.

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