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First National Tour

Music by Jerome Kern

Lyrics and Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Produced and Directed by Harold Prince

Choreography by Susan Stroman


Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's groundbreaking musical version of Edna Ferber's novel examines the lives of Cap'n Andy and his troupe of traveling show boat performers, including his naïve daughter Magnolia, her gambling husband Gaylord Ravenal, the tragic mixed-race actress Julie, and black stevedore Joe, who marvels at the constancy of the "Ol' Man River" they travel on.