Last year audiences at the Sheffield Crucible were treated to a fantastic revival of the iconic musical Show Boat. The Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II musical is best known for featuring the song Ol’ Man River and was first seen by audiences back in the 1920s.
With its story set onboard a show boat on the Mississippi River and its characters enduring racial prejudice and hardship, it has become a well known part of musical history. From Edna Ferber’s wonderful characters (plucked from her popular novel) to the well known performance of Ol’ Man River by Paul Robeson in the classic film version, it has captured imaginations and continues to enjoy a lasting legacy.
And so its return to the West End is cause of celebration as a talented cast brings new life to these beloved characters. Its previous appearances here have been big successes, including a revival in the early 1990s that earned a Laurence Olivier Award, and it will be anticipated arrival in 2016.
On this occasion the cast is set to include Gina Beck, Rebecca Trehearn and Emmanuel Kojo, who play Magnolia Hawks, Joe and Julie respectively, reprising their work from the Sheffield Crucible production.
Beck will be instantly recognisable to West End audiences as she has made an impression in numerous well known shows over the years. Prior to appearing in Show Boat at the Sheffield Crucible, she had appeared as Glinda in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, as well as on a US national tour, and has also appeared in the West Ends The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
But it is Emmanuel Kojo who has been recruited to portray Joe, which means that he will perform the signature song Ol’ Man River and follows in the footsteps of performers like Paul Robeson. The performer previously starred in The Scottsboro Boys at the Garrick Theatre and has been seen on stages across the country, so he has plenty of experience to bring to Show Boat and audiences can rest assured that the classic song is in safe hands.
Show Boat is at the New London theatre from 25th April 2016 (previews from 9th April 2016).
|Booking From:||Friday, 26th August 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 27th August 2016|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
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