'Show Boat' Coming To NHS Stage
Coming To NHS Stage
Show Boat, widely considered to be the first great American musical, comes to the Newtown High School stage April 7 through April 10. Based on Edna Ferberâs 1926 novel, Show Boat depicts three generations of the Hawks family, and life aboard their Mississippi River show boat, the Cotton Blossom.
Show Boat is historic and groundbreaking in several ways. Its 1927 debut marked the first time American musical theater departed from operetta and vaudeville to combine music, lyrics, plot, dialogue, and authentic characters in one work. Its plot captures the music, culture, and social issues of the post-Civil War South through the 1920s Jazz Age. It also explores the family dynamics of marriage, divorce, and parenting.
The famed Florenz Ziegfield produced Show Boatâs original 1927 production, written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was adapted into films in 1929, 1936, and 1951, and revived on Broadway most recently in 1994 by director Hal Prince. Mr Princeâs updated revival of the show, which won six Tony Awards, is the version NHS will perform in April. Its musical score reflects four decades of American music and includes such well-known songs as âOlâ Man River,â âCanât Help Lovinâ That Man of Mine,â and âMake Believe.â
The NHS production will include set design and costumes that colorfully capture Americaâs changing trends from the late 1800s through the 1920s. The student performers in the production have not only appeared in NHS shows, but also at Wilton Playshop, Musicals at Richter, Warner Theater, Sherman Playhouse, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School.
Despite the abrupt departure of original director Sabrina Post for an unexplained administrative leave, rehearsals have been moving forward under the guidance of interim director George Vallano.
Performance dates and times for Show Boat are: Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm; FridayÂ April 8Â at 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, April 10; at 2:30 pm. For ticket information and reservations, call Cyndi DeMarco at 426-7983.