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'Show Boat' keeps rollin' along in fine style in San Francisco
'Show Boat' keeps rollin' along in fine style in San Francisco

"Show Boat" is a great show. But does a classic 1927 Kern and Hammerstein musical belong ensconced alongside "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly"? San Francisco Opera thinks so. Well, fish got to swim, birds got to fly. And someone's got to show "Show Boat." In a program note by San Francisco Opera's general director, David Gockley says Broadway can no longer afford "Show Boat," which requires the kind of large orchestra, chorus and cast long gone from the realm of the musical. Still, if Broadway can afford "Spider-Man," surely it can afford "Show Boat." More to the point, Broadway has lost the artistic ambition to mount a "Show Boat." As Gockley also notes, "Today's Broadway shows use...

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