Thursday, 3 September 2015

Gina Beck & Michael Xavier to star in Show Boat

It has been confirmed that Gina Beck and Michael Xavier have been cast as Magnolia Hawks and Gaylord Ravenal in a revival of Show Boat.

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's musical will open at the Sheffield Crucible 16th December 2015 (previews from 10th December) for a limited run until 16th January 2016*.

The cast also includes Rebecca Trehearn as Julie, Allan Corduner as Cap’n Andy, Lucy Briers as Parthy, Sandra Marvin as Queenie and Emmanuel Kojo as Joe. 

Completing the cast are: Ian Carlyle (Charlie), John Coates (Sherrif Ike Vallon), Danny Collins (Frank Schultz), Adam Dutton (Windy), Akintunde Esuruoso (ensemble), Nolan Frederick (Jake), Bob Harms (Steve Baker), Victoria Hinde (ensemble and Dance Captain), Cristina Hoey (ensemble), Linda John-Pierre (ensemble), Linford Johnson (ensemble), Kate Milner-Evans (Mrs O'Brien), Maria Omakinwa (ensemble), Ryan Pidgen (Pete Gavin ), Kenny Thompson (ensemble), Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Willy ) and Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley). 

Daniel Evans directs with design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by David Hersey, musical supervision & direction by David White, sound by Paul Groothius, choreography by Alistair David and casting by Jill Green CDG.

*UPDATE (9/10/15): Due to public demand, Show Boat's run in Sheffield has been extended to 23rd January 2016. Director Daniel Evans says: "We are delighted that Show Boat has proved itself to be so popular with our audiences. We're lucky to have the most wonderful cast and creative team and I know we're all looking forward to bringing it to life on the Crucible Stage at Christmas."

Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. One of the most romantic musicals of all time, the score includes Make Believe, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, and the landmark Ol' Man River.

Photo Credit 1: Joseph Shaffery

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