"Work while the white folks play" : meta-theater and Greek Chorus in Show Boat
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Based on the 1926 Edna Ferber novel of the same name, Show Boat (1937) is an American musical composed by Jerome Kern (1885-1945) with book and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). It is regarded as a pioneering development in musical theater; deviating from the contemporary trend of loosely connecting collections of popular songs with an inconsequential plot, Kern's music in Show Boat artfully illustrates a complex story, its characters, and their relationships. The musical relates the successes and hardships of a group of characters who live, work, and perform aboard the Cotton Blossom, a showboat, in 1887.
Artifacts ; issue 06 (2012)