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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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"Show Boat"
77 ratings
4.4 average rating
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117 events
63 reviews
71 stars
attended May 07 2013

First tier balcony is fine. Would not recommend 2nd tier, it's too far up. Enjoyed the first act the most. It has all the catchy tunes. The show is about 3 hrs long.

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120 events
61 reviews
86 stars
attended May 08 2013

Awesome event! The costumes are gorgeous, the music is outstanding. The music should have projected further into the audience. Overall this play is a must see.

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28 events
18 reviews
4 stars
attended May 06 2013

Beautiful sets, wonderful costumes, great orchestra, and fabulous voices! Should not be missed!

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The production will be performed in English with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.

Music by Jerome Kern

Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber

Co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera Association and Houston Grand Opera

The performance runs 2 hours and 50 minutes with one 20-minute intermission.

Come early for free Opera Insights: Beginning one hour before each performance and lasting approximately 20–25 minutes, Opera Insights take you inside the composer’s mind, behind the scenes of planning a production and into the history and social context of each opera. These education events are free, but you must present a ticket from any performance of Show Boat.

May 4, 2013 at 6:00pm (on the Millennium Stage): Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists

May 6, 2013 at 6:00pm and May 7, 2013 at 6:30pm: Francesca Zambello, artistic director

May 8, 2013 at 6:30pm: David Foti, production director

May 17, 2013 at 6:30pm: Kelley Rourke, WNO dramaturg

May 24, 2013 at 6:30pm: Michael Heaston, director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

May 25, 2013 at 6:00pm: John DeMain, Show Boat conductor

May 26, 2013 at 1:00pm: Michael Mael, WNO executive director

An artist Q&A follows the performance on May 26, 2013. Artist Q&As are free, but you must present a ticket or stub from any performance of the production that is being discussed.

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