Last night I had the pleasure of seeing one of the final performances of Show Boat at the SF Opera House. I saw Show Boat on Broadway with my grandmother and my cousin when I was in 5th grade, and have been in love with the music ever since. When at my parent's house, I often listen to the CD I bought at the show, and even went so far as to sing 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man' in a state-wide solo and ensemble competition in middle school in Idaho. No, I was not a good singer, but my family and friends encouraged me none-the-less. Not sure if I should love or hate them for this...
In any event, when I heard that the show would be here in the City, I jumped at the chance to see it again. Never having been to this specific opera house, I was disappointed, but I can't say surprised, to see that the crowd in SF has forgotten how to dress up for occasions such as the opera. It is so sad to know that this is very possibly something that will never be part of our culture again. However, this is about the show, not the slobs...
In the pre-production talk I was reminded of the fact that while I love the MUSIC of Show Boat, but having seen it when I was so young, I did not remember, or even fully understand the story. The love, the tragedy, the cultural significance, all makes this show such a moving performance that everyone should see. This is truly a show in which you feel just about every emotion there is.
And then there are the songs. 'Old Man Rive', 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man', 'Make Believe', just to name a few. These are some of the best in musical theatre, and a joy to see live. 'Old Man River' in particular, as the ability to move even the grumpiest of old men.
If you can, go see it in it's final performances this weekend.
drew bailey scott
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