20:00, Fri 22nd November 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
21:15, Sat 23rd November 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
19:30, Mon 25th November 2019 at Adelphi Theatre
20:00, Tue 26th November 2019 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
19:30, Wed 27th November 2019 at London Palladium
19:45, Thu 28th November 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
10:15, Fri 29th November 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre
20:00, Sat 30th November 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
19:45, Tue 3rd December 2019 at Noël Coward Theatre
19:30, Fri 6th December 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre
Michaelmas Week 6 to Week 8
Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling 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 forty 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".
The arrival of Show Boat on Broadway was a watershed moment in the history of American musicals. Compared to the trivial and unrealistic operettas, light musical comedies, and "Follies"-type musical revues that defined Broadway in the 1890s and early 20th century, Show Boat "was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness". According to The Complete Book of Light Opera:
"Here we come to a completely new genre – the musical play as distinguished from musical comedy. Now... the play was the thing, and everything else was subservient to that play. Now... came complete integration of song, humor and production numbers into a single and inextricable artistic entity."