Boston Conservatory Theatre Ensemble
Presents "Show Boat"
April 24 - 26

Following its recent sold-out performances of "42nd Street," The Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble will present a concert production of the beloved classic musical "Show Boat" April 24 - 26, 2009, at The Boston Conservatory Theater, at 31 Hemenway Street in Boston.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, with a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Jerome Kern, "Show Boat tells the sweeping story of life, love, tragedy and survival on the Mississippi River at the turn of the 20th century. This classic musical contains some of the most popular Broadway songs of the last century, including “Ol’ Man River,” "Make Believe," "Why Do I Love You" and “Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man,” and was a milestone in the development of the modern musical play.

The production will be directed by Boston Conservatory faculty member F. Wade Russo, who served as musical director/conductor of "The Life" and "Chess" last spring. Other conducting credits include the Broadway production of "By Jeeves" and the national tour of "The Boyfriend," directed by Julie Andrews. Regionally, Russo has worked with the Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Huntington Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Williamstown Theatre Festival Cabaret. He composed incidental music for "The Glass Menagerie" with Joanne Woodward at the Long Wharf Theatre and was vocal coach for the American premiere of "Valley Song" at Manhattan Theatre Club. This summer he will return to the Goodspeed to conduct "Camelot."

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