Show Boat at Sheffield Crucible – Michael Xavier and Gina Beck lead cast

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Michael Xavier will play Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans will stage a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre from 10 December 2015 to 16 January 2016 (press night is 16 December).

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. This lavish new production will feature those classic songs of musical theatre such as ‘Make Believe’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ and the landmark ‘Ol’ Man River’.

Evans will direct Michael Xavier as Gaylord Ravenal, Gina Beck as Magnolia Hawks, Lucy Briers as Parthenia Hawks, Sandra Marvin as Queenie, Emmanuel Kojo as Joe, Rebecca Trehearn as Julie La Verne and Allan Corduner as Captain Andy Hawks.

The cast will be completed by 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). The production opens on 16 December, with previews from 10 December, and runs until 16 January 2016.

Also in the creative team are choreographer Alistair David, designer Lez Brotherston, lighting designer David Hersey, musical supervisor/director David White and sound designer Paul Groothius.

Michael Xavier plays Gaylord Ravenal. His theatre credits include The War of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Sound of Music, Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Curve), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Wonderful Town (Lowry), Love Story (Minerva and Duchess Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).


Gina Beck takes on the role of Magnolia Hawks

Gina Beck plays Magnolia Hawks. Her theatre work includes Wicked (as Glinda both West End, and first national tour of the US), Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), and Cosette in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Arts Theatre Upstairs), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), The Belle’s Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep) and Imagine This (Plymouth Theatre Royal).

Lucy Briers plays Parthy. For theatre, her work includes The Seagull, Ivanov (Chichester Festival Theatre), Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (RSC/Aldwych Theatre, West End/Broadway), Top Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre/Duke Of York’s Theatre/Out of Joint), Behud (Soho Theatre), Bedroom FarceMiss Julie (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Ivanov (Donmar West End), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Norwich Theatre Royal), Some Kind of Bliss (Trafalgar Studios/Brits of Broadway), Catch (Royal Court Theatre) and The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre).

Sandra Marvin plays Queenie. Her theatre work includes City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, UK and Ireland tour), Chicago (Curve), Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), The New Yorkers (Sadlers Wells), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych Theatre) and A Rake’s Progress (Royal Opera House).

Emmanuel Kojo plays Joe. His theatre work includes Kiss Me, Kate (UK tour), The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre) and Fame (Manchester Palace Theatre).

Rebecca Trehearn plays Julie La Verne. Her theatre work includes Alfie the Musical (Palace Theatre, Watford), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Love Story (Duchess Theatre), The House of Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre), Ghost (UK national tour), Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse) and City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse)

Allan Corduner plays Captain Andy Hawks. His theatre work includes Taken At Midnight (Chichester Festival Theatre), Passion (Donmar Warehouse) Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), A View From the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre), Born in the Gardens (Theatre Royal Bath, national tour), The Grouch (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Birthday Party (Berlind Theater, Princeton) and Two Thousand Years (National Theatre).

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans directs. For the company, he previously directed The EffectAnything GoesThe Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver!, This is My FamilyThe Full MontyMy Fair Lady, Macbeth, OthelloRacing Demon as part of The David Hare Season and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season.He also recently directed American Buffalo in the West End.


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