Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Norm Lewis "Make Believe" in New York Philharmonic Show Boat

News   Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Norm Lewis "Make Believe" in New York Philharmonic Show Boat
The New York Philharmonic's semi-staged production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat is presented Nov. 5–8 at Avery Fisher Hall.

Lauren Worsham in rehearsal
Lauren Worsham in rehearsal Photo by Monica Simoes

The cast is headed by Jane Alexander as Parthy, Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Erika Henningsen as Kim, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie, Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap’n Andy, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie and Lauren Worsham as Magnolia.

The ensemble comprises Allison Blackwell, Brian Cali, Carrie Compere, Alvin Crawford, Roosevelt Andre Credit, Peyton Ella, Rick Faugno, Tamar Greene, Charissa Hogeland, David Hughey, Leavata Johnson, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Adam Kaplan, Samuel A. McDonald, Desi Oakley, Bryonha Marie Parham, Kevin Pariseau, Jessica Lea Patty, William Ryall, Jessica Sheridan, Laura Shoop, Jason Simon, Joseph Torello, Kevin Vortmann, Kay Walbye, Nyla Watson, Correy West and Leon Williams.

The performances are conducted and directed by Tony winner Ted Sperling. Randy Skinner choreographs.

The production will subsequently be broadcast on PBS "Live from Lincoln Center" on a date to be announced.

Based on the best-selling novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat, according to press notes, "tells the 40-year story of the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers who are the denizens of the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat." Highlights of the score include “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Broadway’s most-revived and revised work, Show Boat was the first musical ever performed by an opera company — by New York City Opera in 1954. Recent productions have garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).

Show times are Nov. 5-6 at 7:30 PM, Nov. 7 at 8 PM and Nov. 8 at 2 PM and 8 PM.

Tickets for Show Boat start at $89 by visiting or by calling (212) 875-5656.

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