Thursday, January 18, 2018

reviews - SHOW BOAT - Arizona Broadway Theatre

Jamie Parnell and Brittany Santos (center) and Cast
photo by Scott Samplin
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through February 10th.

"When Show Boat premiered in 1927 it was hailed as a landmark musical of the time, as it was one of the first shows to successfully combine both comedy and drama with a story that featured a wide range of characters, including parts played by both white and African-American actors. ...focused on such serious topics as racism, addiction and abandonment....was almost like the Hamilton of its time in that it completely changed the way the musical art form was and would ever be again....With a cast who expertly embody their characters and whose voices deliver some stunning vocals on the show's many classic songs, Arizona Broadway Theatre presents a slightly scaled down and edited version of this groundbreaking show, providing a a beautiful production of this rarely produced American musical classic..." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

" 1927, when... Show Boat opened on Broadway, the course of the American musical theatre was changed forever. ...There’s a timeless quality to the score that makes each of the songs as deeply affecting...Throughout, there are fine renditions of the classics....There are cuts to what you may have seen before – the ensemble is understandably the second half feels extremely fragmented;.. but the Show Boat you’ll see on the wide ABT stage remains hugely entertaining; a production bursting with energy and color, performed by a cast full of rich, harmonious voices ..." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

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