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Show BoatPerforming Race in an American Musical$

Todd Decker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759378

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.001.0001

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(p.257) Appendix 3 Select Stage and Screen Versions (1928–1998)

(p.257) Appendix 3 Select Stage and Screen Versions (1928–1998)

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Show Boat
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Oxford University Press

Remakings of Show Boat are listed below in chronological order. Individuals whose names appear in the text only are given. Production personnel are listed first, followed by cast members in alphabetical order.

1928 (commercial stage)

London/Drury Lane (followed by UK tour)/350 performances

Sir Alfred Butt (producer), Marie Burke (Julie), Edith Day (Magnolia), Cedric Hardwicke (Andy), Alberta Hunter (Queenie), Paul Robeson (Joe), Howett Worster (Ravenal)

1929 (film)

Hollywood/Universal Pictures

Carl Laemmle (producer), Harry Pollard (director), Charles Kenyon (writer), Jules Bledsoe (Joe in musical prologue), Aunt Jemima [Tess Gardella] (Queenie in musical prologue), Laura LaPlante (Magnolia), Helen Morgan (Julie in musical prologue)

1932 (commercial stage)

Broadway/Casino Theatre (followed by U.S. tour)/180 performances

Florenz Ziegfeld (producer), Jules Bledsoe (tour Joe), Tess Gardella (Queenie), Dennis King (Ravenal), Angelica Lawson (replacement Queenie), Helen Morgan (Julie), Eva Puck (Ellie), Robert Raines (replacement Joe), Paul Robeson (Joe), Norma Terris (Magnolia), Sammy White (Frank), Charles Winninger (Andy)

1936 (film)

Hollywood/Universal Pictures

Carl Laemmle Jr. (producer), James Whale (director), Oscar Hammerstein II (writer), Leighton Brill (technical director), Irene Dunne (Magnolia), Allan Jones (Ravenal), Hattie McDaniel (Queenie), Helen Morgan (Julie), Paul Robeson (Joe), Helen Westley (Parthy), Sammy White (Frank), Charles Winninger (Andy)

(p.258) 1940 (light opera stage)

Los Angeles/Philharmonic Auditorium/Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Zeke Colvan (director), John Boles (Ravenal), Helen Morgan (Julie), Paul Robeson (Joe), Norma Terris (Magnolia), Sammy White (Frank)

1943 (commercial stage)

London/Stoll Theatre/264 performances

Prince Littler (producer), Lucille Benstead (Queenie), Mr. Jetsam [Malcolm McEachern] (Joe)

1944 (light opera stage)

Los Angeles/Philharmonic Auditorium/Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Todd Duncan (Joe)

1946 (commercial stage)

Broadway/Ziegfeld Theatre (followed by U.S. tour and return Broadway engagement in 1948)/initial run: 418 performances

Rodgers and Hammerstein (producers), Howard Bay (set design), Helen Tamiris (choreography), Carol Bruce (Julie), Jan Clayton (Magnolia), Helen Dowdy (Queenie), Charles Fredericks (Ravenal), LaVerne French (dancer), Pearl Primus (dancer), William C. Smith (Joe), Kenneth Spencer (Joe)

1946 (abbreviated version in the film Till the Clouds Roll By)

Hollywood/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Arthur Freed (producer), Roger Edens (music arranger), Kathryn Grayson (Magnolia), Lena Horne (Julie), Tony Martin (Ravenal), Virginia O’Brien (Ellie), Caleb Peterson (Joe)

1951 (film)

Hollywood/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Arthur Freed (producer), George Sidney (director), John Lee Mahin (writer), Roger Edens (music director), Ava Gardner (Julie), Kathryn Grayson (Magnolia), Howard Keel (Ravenal), William Warfield (Joe)

(p.259) 1954, spring and fall (opera stage)

New York City/City Center/New York City Opera

Julius Rudel (conductor), Helena Bliss (Julie), Laurel Hurley (Magnolia), Robert Rounesville (Ravenal), William C. Smith (Joe)

1954, summer (light opera stage)

New York City/City Center/New York City Light Opera Company

William Hammerstein (producer), Julius Rudel (conductor), Helena Bliss (Julie), Laurel Hurley (Magnolia), Burl Ives (Andy), Robert Rounesville (Ravenal), Lawrence Winters (Joe)

1956 and 1957 (outdoor stage)

New York City/Jones Beach State Park

Guy Lombardo (producer and conductor), Andy Devine (Andy), Albert Popwell, Geoffrey Holder and Alvin Ailey (dancers)

1960 (light opera stage)

Los Angeles/Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Carlton Johnson (featured dancer)

1961 (light opera stage)

New York City/City Center/New York City Light Opera Company

Anita Darian (Julie)

1966 (light opera stage)

New York City/New York State Theater, Lincoln Center/Music Theater of Lincoln Center

Richard Rodgers (producer), Barbara Cook (Magnolia), Rosetta Le Noire (Queenie), Constance Towers (Julie)

1967 (light opera stage)

Los Angeles/Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Eddie Foy Jr. (Frank), Carlton Johnson (featured dancer)

(p.260) 1971 (commercial stage)

London/Adelphi Theatre/910 performances

Harold Fielding (producer), Cleo Laine (Julie), Miguel Godreau (principal dancer)

1982 (opera stage)

Houston/Jones Hall (followed by U.S. tour)/Houston Grand Opera

David Gockley (artistic director), John DeMain, conductor

1983 (commercial stage)

Broadway/Uris [currently Gershwin] Theatre/Houston Grand Opera production/73 performances

Karla Burns (Queenie), Bruce Hubbard (Joe), Lonette McKee (Julie), Donald O’Connor (Andy)

1989 (opera stage)

Houston/Wortham Theater Center (followed by a U.S. tour and short run at Cairo Opera House, Egypt)/Houston Grand Opera

David Gockley (artistic director), John DeMain (conductor), Michel Bell (Joe), Eddie Bracken (Andy), Karla Burns (Queenie)

1989–90 (opera/theatrical stage)

Leeds, Stratford-upon-Avon, London and UK tour/Opera North and Royal Shakespeare Company

Ian Judge (director), Karla Burns (Queenie)

1989 (subsidized stage)

New Jersey/Paper Mill Playhouse (broadcast nationally on PBS Great Performances)/Paper Mill Playhouse

(p.261) Robert Johanson (director), Jim Coleman (music director), Rebecca Baxter (Magnolia/Kim), Eddie Bracken (Andy), P. L. Brown (Joe), Ellia English (Queenie)

1993 (limited pre-Broadway run)

Toronto/North York Performing Arts Centre/Livent Inc.

Garth Drabinsky (producer), Harold Prince (director), Susan Stroman (choreographer), Eugene Lee (set design), Michel Bell (Joe), Gretha Boston (Queenie), Rebecca Luker (Magnolia), Lonette McKee (Julie), Elaine Stritch (Parthy)

1994 (commercial stage)

Broadway/Gershwin Theatre/Livent Inc./947 performances

Production staff same as above, Michel Bell (Joe), Gretha Boston (Queenie), Rebecca Luker (Magnolia), Marilyn McCoo (replacement Julie), Lonette McKee (Julie), Elaine Stritch (Parthy)

1998 (commercial stage)

London/Prince Edward Theatre/Livent Inc./approx. 168 performances

Producti staff same as above, Michel Bell (Joe) (p.262)