Show Boat Will Play Month-Long Engagement at Kennedy Center Opera House; Principal Cast Announced

By Andrew Gans
March 28, 2013

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



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

The company will include 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 as his wife 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 will also feature 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 www.kennedy-center.org.