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Show Boat
PREMIERE12/27/1927 — Ziegfeld Theatre (White Studio/NYPL for the Performing Arts)
COMPOSERJerome Kern   
LIBRETTISTOscar Hammerstein II   
 
Synopsis
Show Boat is a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on Edna Ferber's best-selling novel of the same name. The musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. The musical contributed such classic songs as "Ol' Man River", "Make Believe", and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man".
MOST PRODUCED SINCE 2000
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This work ranks as the #44 most produced North American title since 2000.

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