The MTH Theater at Crown Center has announced the cast and design team for Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s SHOW BOAT.
Directed by Jeff Church, the 15-person ensemble is led by Seth Jones as Gaylord Ravenal and Elise Poehling as Magnolia Hawks. The production also features Abigail Becker, Elise Bowles, Andy Garrison, Enjoli Gavin, Ryan Hruza, Robert McNichols Jr., Nancy Nail, Phillip Russell Newman, Madelyn Padgett, Michael Scahill, Mackenzie Sims, Gianna Sorce, and Morgan Walker.
The eight-piece orchestra will be directed and conducted by veteran Kansas City jazz musician Gary Adams. The design team features choreography by Marc Wayne, lighting design by Art Kent, sound design by John Hileman, and costume design by Joanna Windler.
Based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling novel, SHOW BOAT follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over 40 years from 1887 to 1927. The musical contributed such classic songs as “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
The production also launches MTH Theater’s “Heritage Series,” a new program that has the company focused on producing at least one classic a season, with the emphasis on work that has contributed to the historical landscape of the American musical theater.
“SHOW BOAT is one of the most influential musicals in history and redefined how musical stories were told,” comments MTH Theater Founder George Harter. “It doesn’t get produced very often anymore because the scope of the musical is so enormous; however, it’s a rich musical that deserves to be heard; we’re excited about our upcoming production.”
SHOW BOAT plays The MTH Theater at Crown Center November 1-18. For more information visit mthkc.com.