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Show Boat (1927) by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II tells the tale of life on the Mississippi River and is regarded as one of the landmark works of the American musical theatre. Not only does it contain some of the industry's most beloved songs, including "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Make Believe," and "You Are Love," but it was one of the first musicals to marry dramatic narrative, with it's themes of racial predjudice and tragic love, with a musical score. It was also the first musical that featured both black and white performers on stage alongside eachother. For the very first time, we see characters fighting their way through the reality of life in the context of a popular musical theatre production. There are no happy endings for some of Showboat's characters, and it clearly paved the road to a more serious approach to the Broadway Musical. It is also one of the first examples where American writers use the theatre as a means to call for tolerance and racial harmony. 

and racial harmony.



Cape Town Opera's "Show Boat" boasts a cast of 60 performers led by singers Janelle Visagie and Blake Fisher as Magnolia and Ravenal. Together with a support team of 11, headed by director Janice Honeyman and conductor Albert Horne,  the company sets off on August 9 to conquer Malmo, Sweden with 10 performances from August 15 – 29 of the eternally popular musical.

Music - Jerome Kern
Libretto - Oscar Hammerstein II
Conductor - Albert Horne
Design - Johan Engels
Costume Design - Birrie le Roux
Choreography - Timothy le Roux
Lighting - Mannie Manim 

Director - Janice Honeyman

Assistant Director - Anton Luitingh


Julie - Gina Schmukler

Sheriff Vallon & Max - Graham Clarke

Magnolia - Janelle Visagie

Gaylord Ravenal - Blake Fischer

Steve - Anton Luitingh

Ellie - Catherine Daymond

Parthy - Diane Wilson

Captain Andy - Malcolm Terrey

Frank - Timothy Le Roux

Joe - Xolela Sixaba

Queenie - Miranda Tini

Jake - Anthony Downing

Windy - Neville Thomas

Kim - Candice Von Litsenborgh

Backwoodsman - Pieter Tredoux

Pete - Glenn Swart

Charlie - Sibusiso Radebe

Landlady & Ms USA - Jacobi De Villiers


Dancers James Bradley, David Chevers, Andre De Beer, Bronwyn Garlick, Nacia Erasmus, Daniele La Trobe, Marelize Swanepoel, Jesse Christelis, Maggie Benedict 

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