Jose Rivera

Feb 18, 2001 11:13 pm

'Show Boat' a masterpiece

I have been blessed with the magic of "Show Boat." It is the only musical reaching masterpiece status. How else would a show still attract audiences after more than 70 years, by filling seats anytime, anywhere? It is almost unbelievable that the musical that started it all is still around for comparison with its contemporary successors.

arts  •  Feb 15, 2001 11:20 pm

Musical to close tonight

Tonight is the last chance to catch this year's national tour of the classic musical "Show Boat" at the IU Auditorium. Based on a novel by Edna Ferber and created for the stage by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, the original "Show Boat" had its debut in 1927 to rave reviews. Set on the Mississippi River in the late 1800s, the crew of the boat, the Cotton Blossom, takes the audience to a bygone day as "Show Boat" follows the lives of Cap'n Andy Hawkes, his wife Parthy and his daughter Magnolia.

Although classic theatrical productions typically appeal to an older audience, Monroe County Civic Theater's production of "La Celestina" defies the standard, modifying an ancient story and attracting a younger crowd Friday. "It's fun seeing young people doing a classic show," audience member David Goodrum said. "It would be interesting to know why they chose this play for their production."

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