Cast Announced for Fiddlehead's SHOW BOAT at Shubert Theatre

Cast Announced for Fiddlehead's SHOW BOAT at Shubert TheatreMeg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, announced today the cast of Show Boat, the company's first production in partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston. Show Boat will run for twelve performances from June 22-July 3, 2016. Co-Directed by Fofonoff and Stephens, Show Boat will feature a cast of 50 starring seasoned international and off-Broadway performers including Kim Corbett (West Side Story, Les Miserables) as Magnolia Hawks, Jeremiah James (The Fantasticks) as Gaylord Ravenal, Lindsay Roberts (The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess) as Queenie, and Brian Kinnard (Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story) as Joe. Show Boat is Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's epic of life on the Mississippi River with some of the most beautiful and influential music ever written for the stage including "Ol'Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Bill." Show Boat will be choreographed by Wendy Hall, with a 27-piece live orchestra under the direction of Charles Peltz.

To purchase tickets visit citicenter.org, call (866) 348-9738, or visit the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 pm.

Show Boat is based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel following three generations of the Hawks family on The Cotton Blossom river boat from 1887-1927. The story chronicles the fortunes of naïve Captain's daughter Magnolia and her troubled husband Gaylord Ravenal, and the lives of the performers, stagehands and dock workers whose lives are affected by the ever-changing social current along the Mississippi River. Show Boat was the first fully integrated "book musical", tackling issues of unhappy marriage, miscegenation and racial prejudice. Show Boat's classic songs from "Ol'Man River" to "Life Upon the Wicked" stage have become mainstays of the Broadway canon. Music by Jerome Kern. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel "Show Boat" by Edna Ferber. Show Boat is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

Introducing the Cast of Show Boat:

*Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association

KIM CORBETT* (Magnolia Hawks) Kim Corbett is thrilled to be back at Fiddlehead after appearing as Maria in West Side Story in 2015. Regional: Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Les Miserables (u.s. Cosette), Mary Poppins (Miss Lark), Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), All Shook Up (Natalie). Kim is based in New York City and recieved her BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University. www.kimcorbett.net

JEREMIAH JAMES* (Gaylord Ravenal): JEREMIAH JAMES is an International Recording Artist, Producer, Writer, and Director. West End: Billy Bigelow, Carousel. Off-Broadway: El Gallo, The Fantasticks. Regional: Over 120 AEA productions and counting! Awards: 4 time Best Actor nominee Broadway World, LA Ovations, and Spotlight Awards. Symphonies: Across the US and internationally. Recordings: Teatro (Sony/BMG) 1 million sold. 2 #1s & a Gold Record. Solo Album: Jeremiah James "Tupelo" (Yellow Sound). Producer/Writer/Director: Books, Only me. Thanks A lot, Only me. Thanks A lot... (Theatre Edition) with writing partner Dr. Stefanie Macaluso. Several audiobooks, Cabaret concerts, and plays. His new musical It Happened in Key West with Broadway Composer/writing partner Jill Santoriello and Jason Huza will debut in Sept. JeremiahJames.net.

LINDSAY ROBERTS* (Queenie): A Philadelphia-native, Lindsay is thrilled to join the cast of Showboat! Broadway National Tours: After Midnight (Creole Love Call), The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (1st National, Clara u/s), MEMPHIS (1st National, Felicia u/s). Off-Broadway/NYC: Lady, Be Good, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lost in the Stars, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Bless You All! Regional: Ragtime (Sarah), Festival of the Lion King (Nala), Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, York Theater, Act II Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre. Concerts/Workshops: Waitress, Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Kristin Chenoweth National Tour, A Little Princess, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center. B.M. Vocal Performance, University of Maryland. M.S. Arts Administration, Drexel University. All glory to God! www.lindsayroberts.com

BRIAN KINNARD* (Joe): Brian Kinnard makes his Boston and Fiddlehead debut playing Joe, one of his dram roles. Brian is a New York based actor that studied Opera at New World School of The Arts. New York: Zuccotti Park, World premiere (Tom), Broadway Sensations, Tully Hall. National Tour: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Performer). Regional credits: Full Monty (Horse U/S) ; Sister Act (Curtis); Seussical (Wickersham Bro); Paint Your Wagon; South Pacific; Miracle on 34th St; Spelling Bee and Joseph..Dreamcoat. www.BrianMauriceKinnard.com.

The cast of Show Boat also features John Davin* as Cap'n Andy, Sarah Hanlon* as Julie, Bryan Miner* as Steve, Dawn Tucker* as Parthy, Megan Yates as Kim, Lindsay Sutton* as Ellie, Carl-Michael Ogle* as Frank, Chris Pittman as Pete, Chris Adam King* as Vallon, Richard Gabriel Wayne* as Windy and Kathy St. George as Old Kim.

Artistic Bios:

MEG FOFONOFF (Founding Producing Artistic Director/Show Boat Co-Director): Meg Fofonoff founded Fiddlehead Theatre Company in 1993 and continues to produce performances that align with the mission of Fiddlehead while driving the artistic direction of the company. Over its 20+ year history Meg has established Fiddlehead as an IRNE Award-winning theater company and one of the top regional theaters in the Boston area. Meg has directed such shows as: Ragtime, A Little Princess, AIDA, To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddlehead Theatre: The Best of Broadway, Pirates of Penzance and The Fantasticks. She has also directed a staged reading of Spring Fling (a new work she has co-authored based on The Snow Ball by A.R. Gurney).

STACEY STEPHENS (Associate Producing Artistic Director/Show Boat Co-Director and Costumer): Stacey Stephens has worked on the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Five Guys Named Moe and toured extensively with The Lion King, Wicked, Les Miserables and most recently with Memphis. Stephens worked for over 3 years as Fiddlehead Theatre Artistic Director where he directed, designed and created costumes for Funny Girl, Odd Couple, Fiddler on the Roof, Crazy for You, Into the Woods, Gypsy, The King and I, A Christmas Carol, Barefoot in the Park, Singin' in the Rain, My Fair Lady , and Steel Magnolias among others. Stacey is a six time IRNE Award Winner for both his direction as well as his costume design. Stacey is a 1987 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

To purchase tickets:

Single tickets range from $53-$75. Student rush tickets are available for $20 in person, cash only at the box office one hour prior to show time. To purchase tickets visit citicenter.org, call (866) 348-9738, or visit the Citi Center Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 pm.

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