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Magnolia/Kim

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Magnolia/Kim#1
Posted: 2/24/19 at 4:32pm

Random question for all Show Boat lovers out there: In the original production (1927), Norma Terris played both Magnolia Hawks and her daughter, Kim. I really can't figure out how it worked. Aren't Magnolia and Kim together on stage (along Ravenaw) for the last scene(s) of the musical? 

Also, wouldn't it be wonderful to get a revival back on Broadway? It's been been over 20 years since the last one.

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Magnolia/Kim#2
Posted: 2/24/19 at 4:39pm

Kim as an adult only appears in the final scene, where she does her Charleston. She goes offstage and the actress quick-changes back into older Magnolia. In the final moment, when Ravenal is reunited with his daughter, it's an ensemble actress wearing Kim's costume- her face is turned to the back of the stage.

SHOW BOAT is one of my all-time favorites and Magnolia is a dream role, but the show is done so infrequently that I'll probably never get to play her...

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Magnolia/Kim#3
Posted: 2/24/19 at 11:23pm

Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "SHOW BOAT is one of my all-time favorites and Magnolia is a dream role, but the show is done so infrequently that I'll probably never get to play her..."

I still think the Prince revival is the best version of the show. 

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Magnolia/Kim#4
Posted: 2/26/19 at 10:07pm

I'd love to see a  revival that restores the Dahomey scene.  It comes near the end of Act1 at the Chicago fair scene.  Blacks portray Africans in native dress and dance/sing to a song Down Dahomey Way. Racist perhaps but historical and could be exciting.

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Magnolia/Kim#5
Posted: 2/27/19 at 1:12am
I really liked the recent New York Philharmonic concert adaptation. I’d love to see a full staging of that version.