Kern's Show Boat from San Francisco Opera

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Morris Robinson and chorus in 'Show Boat'

Tune in Saturday at 1 pm for a special edition of Saturday at the Opera: Our featured broadcast is "Show Boat" in a 2014 production by San Francisco Opera. The 1927 musical about love and race in 19th century Mississippi features timeless songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II including "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" as well as layered social themes.

The big production, by Francesca Zambello, features a cast of 65 singers, actors and dancers onstage drawn both from opera and Broadway, including soprano Patricia Racette as Julie, Morris Robinson and Joe and Bill Irwin as Cap'n Andy Hawks. John DeMain conducts.


Magnolia Hawks Heidi Stober
Gaylord Ravenal Michael Todd Simpson *
Cap'n Andy Hawks Bill Irwin *
Julie La Verne Patricia Racette
Queenie Angela Renée Simpson
Parthy Ann Hawks Harriet Harris *
Ellie Mae Chipley Kirsten Wyatt *
Joe Morris Robinson
Frank Schultz John Bolton *
Mrs. O'Brien Sharon McNight *
Pete, Emcee James Asher *
Sheriff Vallon, Maitre d' Kevin Blackton *
Steve Baker, Max Greene Patrick Cummings *
Jake Matthew Piatt *
Natchez Girl, Young Kim Carmen Steele *
Queenie's Friend, Lady on the Levee Tracy Camp *
Girl Kathleen Bayler
Girl Sally Mouzon
Mother Superior Mary Finch
Queenie's Friend Samantha McElhaney
Lottie Erin Neff
Queenie's Friend, Woman Simone Paulwell *
Queenie's Friend Rachelle Perry
Backwoodsman Christopher Jackson
Young Man Anthony McGlaun *
Drunk, Dealer Phillip Pickens