Show Boat


Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II Jerome Kern



  • Cotton Blossom - Stevedores, Gals, and Townspeople
  • Cap’n Andy’s Ballyhoo - Cap’n Andy, Parthy, the Show Boat Troupe, Stevedores, Gals and Townspeople
  • Where’s the Mate for Me? - Ravenal
  • Make Believe - Ravenal and Magnolia
  • Ol’ Man River - Joe and Stevedores
  • * Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man - Julie, Queenie, Joe, Magnolia, Stevedores and Gals
  • Till Good Luck Comes My Way - Ravenal, Pete, Frank and Townsmen
  • Mis’ry’s Comin’ Aroun’ - Queenie, Stevedores and Gals
  • I Have the Room Above Her - Ravenal and Magnolia
  • Life Upon the Wicked Stage - Ellie and Townswomen
  • * Queenie’s Ballyhoo - Queenie, Stevedores and Gals
  • You Are Love - Ravenal and Magnolia
  • Act 1 Finale - The Wedding Celebration - Company


  • Why Do I Love You - Ravenal, Magnolia and Ensemble
  • Dandies on Parade - City Folk
  • Alma Redemptoris Mater/Ol’ Man River (Reprise) - Nun’s Choir, Joe
  • Make Believe (Reprise) - Ravenal
  • Bill - Julie
  • Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man ( Reprise) - Magnolia
  • * Good-bye, My Lady Love - Frank and Ellie
  • After the Ball - Magnolia, Andy and Ensemble
  • Ol’ Man River (Reprise) - Joe
  • Dance Away the Night - Magnolia
  • You Are Love (Reprise) - Ravenal
  • * Why Do I Love You (Reprise)/Kim’s Charleston - Kim, Parthy and Ensemble
  • Act 2 Finale - Joe and Company

A few songs were written or collaborated on by composers and lyricists other than Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern. “Bill” has lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse, revised by Oscar Hammerstein II; “Good-bye, My Lady Love” is by Joseph E. Howard; and “After the Ball” is by Charles K. Harris.

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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