Gina Beck in Show Boat at the New London Theatre
Last year, when it was announced that War Horse would be ending its run at the New London theatre, speculation naturally centred on to its replacement show. For some time it has been the Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat that has been at the top of many people’s lists and today this has finally be announced as true.
So from April 2016 audiences at the West End venue will be treated to an iconic revival of a show that was first seen in the 1920s and features the well known song Ol’ Man River, as performed by Paul Robeson in one of the well known film versions.
The story is set onboard a Mississippi show boat known as the Cotton Blossom and we witness the workers of this ship over the course of four decades, from the late 19th century to the early decades of the 20th. With this historical story, which is truly a step back in time to a bygone era, it is no wonder it is still held in such high regard.
And in addition to Ol’ Man River, the production also features other musical numbers like the famous Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man and Make Believe, plus many other beloved hits.
Gina Beck is set to appear in the production as Magnolia Hawks alongside Emmanuel Kojo as Joe (meaning he is the one who will be tasked with singing Ol’ Man River) and Rebecca Trehearn as Julie.
Beck, like the others listed, previously played their parts at the Sheffield Crucible, where this show originated last year. She now comes to the West End where she has previously played some well known roles in the capital’s popular musicals. Her credits include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, in addition to further work in the US and beyond.
Show Boat returns to London for the latest occasion since its 1928 debut on these shores (a year after the Broadway premiere in 1927). This enduring musical runs at the New London Theatre from April 2016.