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Jerome Kern: Showboat / Francesca Zambello, Heidi Stober, Michael Todd Simpson, Bill Irwin, Patricia Racette, Morris Robinson. San Francisco Opera [Blu-ray]

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A true classic of American musical theater, featuring such songbook classics as “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, Show Boat, a tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. This exuberant production from the San Francisco Opera was judged “A triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long.” (Chicago Classical Review) and “A monumental work of ‘choral grandeur and melodic richness.’” (The New York Times) With Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks, Ellie Mae Chipley as Kirsten Wyatt, Frank Schultz as John Bolton and Steve Baker in the role of Patrick Cummings. The roles of Cap’n Andy and his wife Parthy are taken by Emmy winner Bill Irwin and Harriet Harris. Includes an extensive, 30 min. bonus feature.

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Run Time: 177 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Korean


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>Kern, Jerome : Show Boat
  • Performers: Heidi Stober; Michael Simpson; Bill Irwin; Patricia Racette; Morris Robinson; Angela Simpson; Harriet Harris; Kirsten Wyatt; John Bolton
  • Conductor: John DeMain
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1927
  • Studio/Live: Live