Lyric Opera of Chicago: Show Boat
Airs Saturday, June 16 at 12:00 noon. This spectacular new production marshals the choral and orchestral forces of our world-renowned company to present Show Boat in all its glory! Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice — one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety and an unmistakably American atmosphere. Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to “Roaring 20s” Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk — deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country. You’ll love every character: Julie, Joe, Queenie…and especially Magnolia and Ravenal. She’s an aspiring young actress; he’s an irresistible, gambling cad who leaves her when his luck runs out. But Magnolia moves on with her life — eventually becoming a major star. Unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story that moves us with its humanity — Show Boat is both great entertainment and great art.
Show Boat features Nathan Gunn, the silver-toned baritone, as the magnetic Ravenal; Disney superstar soprano Ashley Brown, broadways current reigning Mary Poppins, appears in the role of Magnolia; as Julie, the beautiful but ill-fated actress, you’ll hear the ravishing Alyson Cambridge; Angela Renée Simpson appears in a show stopping performance as Queenie; and Morris Robinson brings down the house with his “gorgeously rich and sepulchral bass" in the role of Joe.