Principal Casting Complete for Carnegie Hall Show Boat

By Andrew Gans
07 May 2008

Gavin Lee
Gavin Lee
Photo by Ernio Hernandez

Principal casting is now complete for the June 10 concert staging of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat at Carnegie Hall.

As previously announced, the starry company will feature Becky Ann Baker (Parthy Ann Hawks), Carolee Carmello (Julie LaVerne), Alteouise deVaughn (Queenie), Megan Sikora (Ellie May Chipley), Nathan Gunn (Gaylord Ravenal), Jonathan Hadary (Cap'n Andy), Marilyn Horne (Old Lady on the Levee), Gavin Lee (Frank Schultz), Alvy Powell (Joe) and Celena Shafer (Magnolia Hawks). The final addition to the company is nine-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar as Kim. Show time is 8 PM.

Musical director Paul Gemignani will conduct the Orchestra of St. Luke's. The creative team will also feature Robert Longbottom (musical staging), Doug Wright (concert adaptation), lighting designer Alan Adelman, scenic designer Scott Pask and costume designer Gregg Barnes with sound design by Acme Sound Partners.

The Carnegie Hall staging will also include period costumes, dancers and onstage projections. The projections, according to press notes, "will consist of pen-and-ink illustrations and sketches projected on the back wall of the stage to depict the passage of time from the late 19th to early 20th centuries during which the musical takes place."

Show Boat has music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and is based on the novel by Edna Ferber. The original Broadway production opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec. 27, 1927. Harold Prince directed the most recent Broadway production of the musical, which opened in 1994.



The musical was the first to tackle such weighty issues as racial prejudice, poverty and abandonment. The show's songs include "Make Believe," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Bill" and "Ol' Man River."

The gala evening will begin at 6 PM with dinner at Remi Restaurant (144 West 54th Street), followed by the 8 PM concert. Gala tickets, priced $1,000-$2,500, are available by calling (212) 903-9679.

A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $36, $44, and $58, are available by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800.

For more information visit www.carnegiehall.org.