BRIAN EVERS     CAROLE SHELLEY    TERI HANSEN    HUGH PANARO

   GRETHA BOSTON     TERRY BURRELL    and    MICHEL BELL as "Joe"

 

A Wealthy Production

A great production, this is the kind of show where money wasn't a problem. From the big sets to the luxury of the costumes, everything was done in a grand scale.   But thanks to Harold Prince's emotional and spectacular direction, the show has a soul that the sets can't hide.

A Classic Score

Born in 1885, Jerome Kern became the first great American composer of musicals and SHOW BOAT his most famous score. Almost all songs are classics and it's an exciting experience to hear them live on stage; from the bewitched "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" to the emotional  "Ol' Man River", all of them a hit.

The Talented Mrs. Stroman

Prince's direction is great but the real winner of the show is Susan Stroman. She, who put us tapping on our seats while watching CRAZY FOR YOU, gave us another terrific time.

The dance numbers and movement are wonderful, being a perfect match for Prince's direction. In fact it's difficult to separate both. "Queenie's Ballyhoo" is plain and effective; the "Montages" are imaginative, but the biggest moment arrived later in the show. With "Kim's Charleston", Stroman gave us on of her best numbers ever. The steps are simple but exciting, turning this dance into the highlight of the performance. Simply contagious.

Music by Jerome Kern
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Choreographed by Susan Stroman
Directed by Harold Prince 

Rated by Jorge: +++++

 

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