Boston's Fiddlehead Theatre Company will present Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1927 musical Show Boat at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre. The company will offer 12 performances over two weeks from June 22-July 3. The production will be directed by Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, with choreography by Wendy Hall and music direction by Charles Peltz.
"We are thrilled to present Show Boat as our first production at the magnificent Shubert Theatre in the heart of Boston’s theater district," said Fofonoff, founding producing artistic director. "Show Boat is a grand show, perfectly fit for such a grand venue. Show Boat was groundbreaking theater for its time, introducing real people on stage and humanizing their struggles underneath an idealized vision of life on the Mississippi River. It was the first stage show to dramatize issues of racism, a reality of life on the Mississippi River that we are still struggling with in the modern world."
Based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel, Show Boat follows the story of three generations of the Hawks family on the Cotton Blossom river boat, spanning 40 years from 1887-1927. The musical features a score of classic songs, including "Ol' Man River," "Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man," and "Bill."