The public is invited to a free screening of “Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic: Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat” at the Lakeport branch of Lake County Library located at 1425 N. High Street. The free program takes place April 22 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
This screening was originally broadcast on October 16, 2015. Under the direction of Ted Sperling, Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard, and Lauren Worsham star in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s groundbreaking musical saga about the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of show folk on the Mississippi River.
Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of Lake County Library. For more information about the screening please call 263-8817.
Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II based their musical on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name. When Show Boat opened on Broadway in 1927, it was a watershed moment in the history of American musicals. Compared to operettas and light musical comedies of the time, Show Boat was a musical play that tackled subjects like poverty, racial oppression, interracial marriage, the act of “passing” as white, and marital abandonment. Show Boat boldly depicted racial issues and was the first racially integrated musical, with black and white performers appearing and singing on stage together.
Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center—world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources—off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center. These music, dance, theater and opera performances come from recent live events at Lincoln Center, including the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Theater, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and School of American Ballet, as well as past performances at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, American Song, and past broadcasts from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Live From Lincoln Center. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Local.
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