This evening is the first preview of Asolo Rep’s season opener, “Showboat.”
Considered America’s first musical, “Showboat” was based on the Edna Ferber book of the same name. Music was by Jerome Kern and the musical’s book and lyrics were by Oscar Hammerstein II. The original 1927 production had 75 actors and an orchestra of 30 musicians according to Asolo Rep’s artistic director Michael Donald Edwards.
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