By Carey Purcell
12 Nov 2013
Directed by Rob Ruggiero, the cast of Show Boat includes Joel Blum (Show Boat, Steel Pier) as Captain Andy Hawks, Ben Davis (A Little Night Music, Les Misérables) as Gaylord Ravenal, Michael James Leslie (Hair, The Wiz) as Joe and Marissa McGowan (A Little Night Music, Bonnie & Clyde) as Magnolia.
The cast also features Elisa Van Duyne, Denis Lambert, Dorothy Stanley, Daniella Dalli, David Sattler, Dereck Seay, E. Faye Butler, Bruce Sabath, Dan Kennett, Griffeth Whitehurst, Lilly Mae Stewart, Katie Weidmaier, Denise Lute, Jeff M. Smith, Nicholas Ward, Brigid Kegel and Brittany Proia. The ensemble includes Daniel Belnavis, Troy Jackson, Candace Culcleasure and Johnathan Shepherd.
"Show Boat encompasses all that is extraordinary, complex and dynamic about the American family and is the perfect introduction to Asolo Rep's thrilling 2013-2014 season and the second year of the American Character Project. Ever since its Broadway premiere in 1927 completely revolutionized the form of the American musical, the show's themes, characters and music have resonated deeply with audiences from all walks of life. It is the first modern American musical, and we are delighted to continue its dazzling, timeless voyage here in Sarasota,” Michael Donald Edwards, producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre, said in a statement.
The musical launches the second year of Asolo Rep's five-year American Character Project, which examines the different aspects of the country, including history, culture and politics. The second year of the project will concentrate on family, in both traditional and unconventional forms.
The re-imagined version of Show Boat was mounted in 2011 at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT, directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Noah Racey, who will lead Asolo Rep's production, along with musical director Wade Russo.
The creative team includes set design by Michael Schweikardt, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by John Lasiter and sound design by Kevin Kennedy.
For tickets and more information, call (941) 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org.