Show Boat: Music by Jerome Kern. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the novel, “Show Boat” by Edna Ferber. Naïve Magnolia, the daughter of the show boat captain, falls in love with a gambler and eventually runs away with him. His debts overtake them, and he deserts her and their daughter. A subplot of the musical follows the show boat’s lead singer, Julie La Verne, as she faces hostile accusations of miscegenation. The colorful members of the show boat must find their place and rediscover love in the turbulent climate of the turn-of-the-century.
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