Wales Millennium Centre in collaboration
with Cape Town Opera presents
with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Show Boat is a musical of the old American South, rich with nostalgia, humour, love stories and well-loved melodies such as Ol' Man River and Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man. It is a natural fit for the talented voices of Cape Town Opera.
As a musical, Kern's Show Boat has all the flourish and glamour of the old American-style big family musical, but the content of something that goes much deeper. Cape Town Opera's production of Show Boat has enjoyed several triumphant seasons since its South African premiere in 2005. The show has had nightly standing ovations at Artscape in Cape Town, the Nürnberg State Theatre in Nürnberg, Den Norske Opera House in Oslo, the Malmö Opera House in Sweden and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
The combination of the Voice of the Nation Ensemble's gutsy rendition of Ol' Man River, the witty and glamorous production, the over one hundred period costumes and the stylish set has made Cape Town Opera's production a winner wherever it tours. No other musical reflects the situation of South Africa´s past better than Show Boat and no other musical shows through its enormous talent reflects the bright future ahead for South Africa.