West End Show Boat to close early

SHOW BOAT by Hammerstein, Gina Beck; The Company, Writer - Oscar Hammerstein II, Director - Daniel Evans, Designer - Lez Brotherstoni, Lighting - David Hersey, Choreographer - Alistair David, Music - David White, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK, 2015, Credit - Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

Gina Beck and the company of Show Boat at the New London Theatre. Picture: Johan Persson

The limited season of Daniel Evans acclaimed Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat will now play its final West End performance on 27 August 2016.

Show Boat began West End previews at the New London Theatre on 9 April 2016 with opening night on 25 April 2016 after which Evans’ production was the recipient of a second set of five star reviews. The production was originally booking until January 2017.

Producers David Ian, Bob Bartner and Norman Tulchin said: “We could not be more proud of Daniel’s production of Show Boat. This first class cast and creative team have delivered an exceptional production and we are delighted that London audiences have had the opportunity to see this five star show.”

Malcolm Sinclair (My Fair LadyThe Meeting) plays Capt. Andy Hawks and Chris Peluso (Beautiful – The Carole King MusicalMiss Saigon) takes on the role of Gaylord Ravenal. They have joined many of the original Sheffield cast members: Gina Beck (Magnolia Hawks), Lucy Briers (Parthy Ann Hawks), Rebecca Trehearn (Julia La Verne), Emmanuel Kojo (Joe), Sandra Marvin (Queenie), Alex Young (Ellie May Chipley) and Danny Collins (Frank Schultz).

They are joined by John Coates, Adam Dutton, Kit Esuruoso, Nolan Frederick, Linford Johnson, Javar La’Trail Parker, Kate Milner-Evans, Maria Omakinwa, Ryan Pidgen, Mykal Rand, Leo Roberts, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Christina Bennington, Victoria Hinde, Linda John-Pierre, Simbi Akande, Georgie Ashford, Laura Darton, Joshua Da Costa, Dale Evans and Tom Partridge.

With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber, Sheffield Theatre’s artistic director Evans’ production of the classic show has designs by Lez Brotherston with choreography by Alistair David, musical supervision and direction by David White, lighting by David Hersey, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Tim Reid.

This version of Show Boat was originally produced by Goodspeed Musicals and was adapted and directed by Rob Ruggiero and presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. The show’s Broadway premiere was in 1927.

Tickets for Show Boat are available HERE.

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Interview – Gina Beck embraces the sweeping melodies of Show Boat at the Crucible Sheffield


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