Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera

Kern and Hammerstein's SHOW BOAT opened at the Lyric Opera in Chicago this week and runs until March 17th. Created in 1927, this seminal masterpiece gave American musical theater and opera a new voice - one with powerful subject matter, astonishing musical variety and an unmistakably American atmosphere. Check out production shots below!

Moving from 1890s Mississippi to Chicago to "Roaring 20s" Broadway, Show Boat follows the lives of a company of theater folk - deeply involving us in their triumphs and sorrows, while illuminating the racial and social changes that were shaping the country.

The cast includes Nathan Gunn, Disney superstar soprano Ashley Brown (Broadway's MARY POPPINS), Alyson Cambridge, Angela Renée Simpson and Morris Robinson.

Photos by Dan Rest and Robert Kusel

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Angela Renee Simpson

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Angela Renee Simpson

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Morris Robinson

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown, Nathan Gunn

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Angela Renee Simpson, Morris Robinson

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Alyson Cambridge, Ashley Brown

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown and Nathan Gunn

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ericka Mac, Bernie Yvon

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Bernie Yvon and Ashley Brown

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown, Caroline Heffernan, and Nathan Gunn

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ericka Mac and Dancers

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Angela Renee Simpson, Ashley Brown and Alyson Cambridge

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Cast of Show Boat

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown and Nathan Gunn

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown, Alyson Cambridge, and Angela Renee Simpson

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera
Ashley Brown and Nathan Gunn

Photo Flash: SHOW BOAT Opens at Lyric Opera

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