Show Boat Rolls Into the Kennedy Center Opera House May 4

By Andrew Gans
04 May 2013

Rod Gilfry
Rod Gilfry

Washington National Opera's production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s groundbreaking musical Show Boat plays The Kennedy Center Opera House May 4-26.

The production is directed by WNO artistic director Francesca Zambello; John DeMain conducts the WNO Orchestra. Many of the roles are double cast.

The company includes Andriana Chuchman and Jennifer Holloway sharing the role of Magnolia, Michael Todd Simpson and Rod Gilfry alternating as Gaylord Ravenal, Alyson Cambridge and Talise Trevigne as Julie, Morris Robinson and Soloman Howard as Joe, Angela Renée Simpson and Gwendolyn Brown as Queenie, Bernie Yvon as Frank, Kate Loprest as Ellie, Tony nominee Lara Teeter and Wynn Harmon as Captain Andy and Cindy Gold and Mary-Pat Green as Parthy.

"More than 100 singers, actors, and dancers will fill the Kennedy Center Opera House stage to tell the tale of a troupe of riverboat performers as they make their way through the decades, and a 50-piece orchestra will play Show Boat’s legendary score, which mixes the best traditions of opera, musical theater, jazz, gospel, and vaudeville," according to press notes.



The score features such classics as "Ol' Man River," "You Are Love," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," "Bill" and many more.

The production also has set design by Peter J. Davison, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Mark McCullough, choreography by Michele Lynch, sound design by Tom Clark/ACME Sound Partners and hair and makeup design by Anne Ford-Coates for Elsen Associates. The chorus master is Steven Gathman.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324, or online at kennedy-center.org.