Near West Theatre
Community Theatre

Show Boat

Music by Jerome Kern
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber

Show Description:
Based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name, this groundbreaking musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, over forty years, from 1887 to 1927. With showgirls, gamblers, flappers, nuns and more, Show Boat is an old-fashioned, sweeping epic musical which explores themes of prejudice, tragedy, and enduring love across racial lines. Show Boat features such classic songs as “Ol’ Man River” & “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

Staff and Cast:

Director: Robert Navis, Jr.


Tickets and Press

May 5 - May 22


7:30pm Thursdays
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
3pm Sundays (No performance 5/8)

$8-$20 General Admission

(216) 961-6391
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Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102

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