Spanning from the 1880s to the 1920s, Show Boat is an American epic that tells the story of three generations of performers travelling from the Mississippi River to Chicago, and ultimately, Broadway. Join Cap’n Andy and the family of performers on board the Cotton Blossom show boat as they navigate love, heartbreak, ambition, racism, and integration. With beloved songs like “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, Show Boat is an American classic that is sure to captivate the hearts of audiences of any age.
This guide reflects the Harold Prince 1994 version of Show Boat. Both the original script and the Harold Prince revised script are available for licensing through Concord Theatricals.
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