PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Ashley Brown and Nathan Gunn


Show Boat

The paddlewheel that propels the plot of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's landmark 1928 musical, which helped usher in the golden age of the musical theatre, is the up and down romance of Gaylord Ravenal, a riverboat gambler, and Magnolia Hawks, the young daughter of Cap'n Andy, the captain of the Cotton Blossom. As such, they get to sing such classics as "Make Believe" and "You Are Love." Gaylord isn't much of a catch — he gambles and abandons his family for 20 years — but, as Magnolia sings, "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man."