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Kern: Show Boat / Stober, Racette, Simpson, DeMain, San Francisco Opera

Release Date: 06/29/2015 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2059688  
Composer:  Jerome Kern
Performer:  Angela Renee SimpsonHeidi StoberMichael Todd SimpsonBill Irwin,   ... 
Conductor:  John DeMain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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A true classic of American musical theater, this 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.

Music by Jerome Kern • Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber

Heidi Stober, Magnolia Hawks • Michael Todd Simpson, Gaylord Ravenal • Bill Irwin, Cap’n Andy Hawks • Patricia Racette, Julie La Verne • Angela Renée Simpson, Queenie • Harriet Harris, Parthy Ann Hawks • Kirsten Wyatt, Ellie Mae Chipley • Morris Robinson, Joe • John Bolton, Frank Schultz

Read more DeMain, conductor • Francesca Zambello, director • Peter Davison, set designer • Paul Tazewell, costume designer • Mark McCullough, lighting designer • Tod Nixon, sound designer • Ian Robertson, chorus director • Michele Lynch, choreographer

- Interviews with artists

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Running time: 144 mins (musical) + 33 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 2



Robert Russell Bennett’s original orchestrations are beautifully played by San Francisco Opera’s bigger-than-Broadway-sized pit band under John DeMain, a long-experienced Show Boat pilot. The long score has been intelligently pruned, but we get “Mis’ry’s Comin’ Aroun’” (why was it ever omitted?) and “Hey, Fellah!”—both of them stirringly led by Angela Renée Simpson, a deftly played Queenie who skirts the latent embarrassments of a “mammy”-type role created by Tess “Aunt Jemima” Gardella in blackface. She’s made a fine match with the Joe of Morris Robinson.

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Works on This Recording

Show Boat by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Angela Renee Simpson (Soprano), Heidi Stober (Soprano), Michael Todd Simpson (Baritone),
Bill Irwin (Voice), Patricia Racette (Soprano)
Conductor:  John DeMain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Inspiration + Execution = Entertainment July 28, 2015 By Christopher V. (Cheshire, CT) See All My Reviews "Perhaps the most entertaining production (including the two films) of SHOW BOAT I have ever seen, the SFO performance leaves little to be desired. Okay, the Ravenal may be a bit stiff in the acting department, but he is more than up to the task vocally. Also of note, the Joe here may be the best (including Robeson) I have heard. And for the first time, Captain Andy becomes a truly integral member of the players; the casting of Bill Itwin is nothing short of inspired. The newly installed choreography, while questionable for its period authenticity, is an entertaining delight, and director Francesca Zambello should be commended for her risk-taking. If you are at all a fan of musical theatre, you will want to add this DVD to your collection." Report Abuse
 not bad July 28, 2015 By David Nutter (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "well there may never be a perfect Showboat. This is well done with just a little too much of Bill Irwin and some great songs missing but this Showboat is better than no Showboat which has to be the greatest American musical ever." Report Abuse
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