Carnegie Hall to Present Show Boat in 2008

News   Carnegie Hall to Present Show Boat in 2008
Francesca Zambello, currently represented on Broadway with the new Disney musical The Little Mermaid, will direct a one-night-only concert presentation of Show Boat in 2008.

Francesca Zambello
Francesca Zambello

According to the official Carnegie Hall website, the classic Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical will be presented at the famed venue June 10, 2008, at 8 PM. The evening will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke's with musical direction by Paul Gemignani and musical staging by Robert Longbottom.

Casting will be announced at a future date.

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."

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