Show Boat

By Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Andrew Sharp

Taking place over fifty years, Show Boat tells the story of a family of performers living on a show boat, and their struggles with gambling, race, infidelity, and poverty. In the beginning of the show, Captain Andy runs extremely successful performances aboard his ship, called The Cotton Blossom. Unfortunately, after it is discovered that his leading lady, Julie, has African-American heritage, she and her leading-man boyfriend are forced to quit the show. As a replacement, Captain Andy employs his daughter, Magnolia, and a young gambler, Gaylord Ravenal as the new stars. Magnolia and Gaylord soon fall in love, but they must struggle against poverty and Gaylord's habitual infidelity. When Magnolia gets pregnant, Gaylord deserts her in Chicago. It is only years later that Gaylord meets his now-grown daughter, and finally reconciles with Magnolia. Spanning three generations of hope and heartbreak, Show Boat has established itself as an essential contribution to the American musical theatre canon.Show Boat to be spring Musical

One of the most popular musicals in theater history will be coming to UW-Platteville Richland’s Coppertop theater! The Theater and Music departments are working together to bring Show Boat to the stage.

First produced in 1927, Show Boat has some of the greatest show music ever written, including “Make Believe (I Love You),” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine” and “Old Man River.”

Produced by UW-Richland Theatre at Coppertop Theater UW-Platteville Richland, 1200 Highway 14 West, Richland Center, WI 53581

Performances: April 5-7, 2019

Performance Times:
April 5&6 at 7:30; April 7 at 1:30

Ticket Prices: $10

Call 608-538-3848 for reservations or more information.

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